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  • Bubbly Sundays ...

    Posted on August 28, 2014 by Admin

    By Tshepang Molisana

    I love Sunday mornings.

    I love Sunday brunch and Sunday morning tea. I love families seated around long tables, and the chime of church bells. I love the subtle rise of bubbles in glasses and the pleasure that comes with pairing these bubbles with finesse.

    At the Val de Vie Market all three of Pongrácz’ Cap Classiques bring effervescent light to already splendid Sunday mornings.

    The Val de Vie Market is hosted on the Polo Pavilion between 10am and 3pm. The gorgeous Simonsberg Mountains and the Val de Vie Polo fields play both host and picturesque frame to The Market. With a host of lovingly made treats -  from spectacular honey-coloured liqueur served in shot glasses to spicy nachos served with fresh locally-grown produce - on sale, the Market caters to a variety of tastes in a relaxed setting.

    On our first tentative Sunday morning Market visit, we marvelled at the sweet ease of children petting lambs in the make-shift petting zoo. The amalgamation of a nearby Polo match with the majestic ponies catering nearby was almost unbearably wonderful.

    We had to take a seat at The Pongrácz and Chocolate pairing on the Polo Pavilion, just to put our hearts at ease from the wonder of it all.

    The Pongrácz and Chocolate pairing at the Val de Vie Market offers guests an opportunity to purvey three spectacular MCC’s, paired with handmade chocolates at various intervals throughout the day. At a cost of R50 per flight, each sip and bite is almost better than the last. The luxury of the Pongrácz pairing is the way vivacious Pongrácz Rose is paired with Rose Geranium Milk Chocolate, a decadently fragrant introduction to the Pongrácz stable. The crisp Pongrácz Brut is superbly matched with velvety Roasted Almond and Lime white chocolate and the show-stopping Desiderus 2008 and Hot Plum white chocolate are an lavish invitation to return for more.

    The pairing of Cap Classiques and sweet treats is not unique to the Val de Vie Polo Market. At London’s Red Carnation Milestone Hotel – a member of ‘The Tea Guild’, champagne is a special accompaniment to afternoon tea. In Durban, The Oyster Box Hotel will offer guests the opportunity to pair Pongrácz with their Pink Tea this October. The spectacular 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa, ensconced between Hout Bay and Camps Bay will reintroduce their popular ‘Pink Tea’ in October after the tea made waves during Women’s Month. In partnership with Pongrácz, Carrol Boyes, and CANSA, guests will be offered tea at a cost of R175 per head, with the opportunity to donate R10 each to the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA).

    While the pairing Cap Classiques might not be unique, it always brings a certain ‘rise’ to any occasion, particularly on a Sunday morning where lovingly made treats and laughter are abound.

    After a brief winter break, the Market is set to make a rousing return to Val de Vie in early September. I raise a glass to its scintillating Sunday morning return.

    MARKET DATES

    - 7 September 2014 – Ballroom Winter Market

    - 5 October 2014 – First Summer Sunday Market with Polo

    - 9 November 2014 – Sunday Market with Polo

    - 30 November 2014 – Sunday Market with Polo

    - 7 December 2014 – Sunday Christmas Market with Polo

    - 25 January 2015 – Sunday Market with Polo

    - 22 February 2015 – Sunday Market with Polo

    If you'd like more information, please email events@valdevie.co.za


  • Property Market Insights

    Posted on August 26, 2014 by Admin

    Liz Smithers, On-site Property Agent

    Getting the most out of the positivity in the current property market ...

    Prospective buyers and sellers are currently reading in the media about the increased activity in the property market and the Cape Winelands property segment is no exception to this phenomenon.

    It is essential for buyers and sellers to react responsibly to this trend in a way ensuring that both entities, either as sellers accurately pitching selling prices or as buyers not over capitalizing on their property investment.

    This set of circumstances requires thorough analysis by both parties taking much into consideration.

    Lets evaluate these circumstances:

    • We are at present in an early stage of an up turn in the property market. In my opinion, the media are inclined to make more of a hype of an already booming market, which is further prompted by the less informed.
    • In the case of sellers and based on media hype there is a tendency to over inflate the prices of their properties.
    • This could lead to unnecessary medium to long-term frustration and delay of what should have been a successful and early transaction.
    • An unsold property on the market for a long period of time is now potentially at risk of meeting the danger of over exposure and the true value of the property may not be realized.

    Sellers planning to sell – should first take a view on the current property market by obtaining a professional guideline so as to derive at a more honest and realistic asking price, prior to placing their property on the market.

    The professional advice through a qualified property agent will include recent comparative property sales analysis related to their area, which will justify to a seller that a comparative market valuation is also “no thumb suck” opinion.

    Ensuring an accurate market related price is key to the successful transaction on your property to both seller and the purchaser’s future investment.

    On-site Property Sales Open 7 Days a Week at the Sports and Leisure Centre, Val de Vie Estate.
    liz.smithers@valdevie.co.za    |    083 775 6350



  • Hospitality Internship at Val de Vie Events

    Posted on August 26, 2014 by janette

    New Beginnings...

    We welcome with great excitement the next group of 10 Hospitality Interns from Mbekweni to Val de Vie Estate.

    They are a passionate and vibrant group of young people with great skills amongst them and a desire to be strong leaders.

    They wish to succeed with whatever opportunity they are given to thus go back into their community and “BE THE CHANGE”!

    This is a dynamic group, keep your eyes on our social media to see how they develop into the stars they have been created to be.


  • Planning your Dream Wedding ...

    Posted on August 22, 2014 by Simone de Wet

    ... and making lasting Memories

    Val de Vie has coordinated hundreds of weddings, so I’m delighted to share some valuable tips with you over the next month. Planning your wedding can be daunting, but it should also be the most exciting day of your life.

    Your wedding should celebrate your love, favourite things and who you are. The more authentic your wedding is, the more memorable and special it will be.

    First Step ...

    The most important step is establishing your wedding budget. The South African wedding industry has grown tremendously in the last 10 years, offering anything from world-class cake makers to dazzling dress designers. A clear budget will guide you and make it easier when consulting with industry experts.

    Step Two ...

    Plan your guest list early too. Each guest carries a cost and knowing the numbers makes budgeting more accurate.

    Step three ...

    Your venue is a significant aspect of your wedding day as it shapes the style and atmosphere of your wedding.

    Step four ...

    Once the date is set and the venue is booked, the next step is sending out a save the date. This gives your guests basic information about the day and helps them to plan any travel or accommodation requirements.

    An electronic save the date is inexpensive and conveniently sent via email. We suggest adding an RSVP date, because knowing your guest list from an early stage allows you to allocate your budget more effectively.

    Get Excited!

    Watch out for more valuable venue-related wedding tips next week, happy planning!


  • Natural simplicity

    Posted on August 21, 2014 by Elsje Human

    Nature makes beauty look so effortless. Fresh green leaves, soft, delicate petals and neutral tones are you need for a serene, elegant style.

    Keep things simple and let the natural elements be the focus: a garland of flowers, chairs entwined with floral vines or a simple leaves as an adornment. With Spring on the way, this is a look we love!


  • Val de Vie Estate Residents enjoy Golf at Pearl Valley

    Posted on August 18, 2014 by Admin

    Golf enthusiasts living on Val de Vie Estate have the opportunity of playing on one of the best golf courses of South Africa - famed Pearl Valley Golf Estate is right next door!


  • Residential Property Market trends sparks interest in the Winelands

    Posted on August 13, 2014 by janette

    A look at Cross-Brand and Cross-Industry integration - how Ferrari tapped into the Property Market and found a stable at Val de Vie Estate.

    By Tshepang Molisana

    When asked to describe his favourite Ferrari, Enzo Ferrari responded, “the one that hasn’t been built yet.”

    The Ferrari California is a car that has ‘one heart and two souls’; a coupe or a spider.  In Enzo Ferrari’s lifetime, the ‘scuderia’ vision ensured that Ferrari’s powerful racing engines were at the heart of vehicles that were a dream to drive. In 2007, Ferrari shared a vision for a new age. The company planned to reduce its carbon emmissions by 40%, and it is the California’s sexy, yet ‘classica’ 299g/km smoothness that has enabled Ferrari to reach this golden number.

    Residential Property Market trends have indicated that global homeowners have sought a home for their ‘second soul’ in South Africa’s luxury home market.

    The FNB Residential Property review suggests that South Africa’s year on year house price growth is relatively steady. Macro-market analysis suggests that these trends are aligned with global trends. Market analyst, Bill McBride, argues that the multi-family housing market will lead the residential housing market as the global economy improves and the market returns to its former buoyance and buyers invest in new homes.

    If home is truly where the heart is, then Val de Vie’s Estate’s Polo Village, is truly ‘belissima’. Exclusively designed by Stefan Antoni , the Polo Village consists of 60 luxury boutique ‘Polo’ Pads and Residences, as well as fully serviced Office Suites. The Polo Village offers potential residents a range of elegant residences to select from: a 68m2 ‘Polo Pad’; a 96m2 two-bedroom ‘Ambrosia’ suite; or the 112m2 two-bedroom ‘Hurlingham Suite’. Each residence is complemented by a private balcony, ensconced by the Drakenstein and Simonsberg Mountains and rolling vineyards.

    One very lucky Polo Village resident will receive the opportunity to drive their very own Ferrari California 30 Convertible into the elite community. The Valley of Life provides the perfect seat to live and play like a king, and through this partnership with Ferrari, Val de Vie Estate has provided the fortuitous happenstance for one of its lucky residents to drive a dream.

    The sweetness of driving an Italian Stallion into a home that is adjacent to the Restaurant, Polo Pavillion and Polo Fields is only made sweeter by the sheer driving pleasure that the California king provides.  The Polo Pads that Stefan Antoni Omesdal Truen architects have designed are rich with the comfort of privacy, security and exclusive luxury.

    These homes, like the cars that Enzo Ferrari envisioned are custom built around each resident’s lifestyle. The Val de Vie Polo Village promises to provide a life that is customised to its residents’ every need. In the lush Paarl-Franschoek Valley, rich with history and ripe with breath-taking views, a gourmand’s paradise awaits. Beyond the magnificence of each resident’s SMEG appliances and statement-setting finishes is the convenience of residing less than an hour from the bustling Cape Town CBD.

    Residents of the Polo Village will have the benefit of a concierge and access to The Valley of Life’s award-winning facilities while luxuriating in ‘la dolce far niente’. Foreign Real Estate investment in South Africa from Africa and the rest of the International Market has been steadily rising as buyers have sought second homes for both work and play.

    Lisa Bathurst, MD at Hurst and Willis has suggested that lifestyle estates, and in particular Val de Vie have been attracting some serious international interest. In Andrew Amoils’ report, according to Bathurst, it isn’t only the Estate’s International Property Awards that have been peaking interest; Val de Vie is also “the first South African Wine Estate that the Chinese market has gotten involved with too.” Val de Vie provides more than a home for its residents; it is The Valley of Life itself.

    When asked to describe the ideal Winelands retreat for either your first or second soul, I’m almost certain that you’ll assert: “one that’s been designed with me in mind.”

    Please join Val de Vie on September 6 at the launch event for The POLO VILLAGE. One (very) lucky POLO PAD purchaser will drive away in a Ferrari 30 Convertible. Wild horses couldn’t keep me away…

    More info HERE : www.valdeviepolovillage.com


  • Diarise these dates for the Market at Val de Vie!

    Posted on August 11, 2014 by Admin


  • Carel and Liezl’s wedding

    Posted on August 8, 2014 by Admin

    Carel & Liezl’s held their beautiful wedding at Val de Vie on the 3rd of May 2014. Here's what they had to say about this very special day, as well as gorgeous photos by Aglow Photography.

    Waarom sal mens nou langer wag om verloof te raak binne ses maande van 'n amazing, liefdevolle en ondersteunende verhouding?

    "So Here we are, We found the day, Like we always prayed." Die feit dat die spesifieke dag kon plaasvind was net 'n wonderwerk van die heel begin.

    Die wag vir die kar om my en my pa op te getel het na die kansel was seker die langste in my lewe. My pa besluit toe om met sy jongste dogter, ek, oor politiek te gesels om bietjie die aandag van die senuwee af te vat. Dit het nou wel nie regtig gehelp nie, maar die feit dat my pa so kreatief begin raak het voor die groot oomblik was vir my so oulik en spesiaal.

    Van die begin af het ons besluit dat die aand nie gaan verby vlieg , soos almal altyd se nie, en het ek en Carel n oomblik gevat om al die seeninge en geluk van die aand en ons nuwe toekoms saam opreg te waardeer.

    Die wonderlikste weer is vir ons gegee die 3de Mei, wat gemaak het om trane moeilik weg te steek!!

    Wat 'n voorreg was dit om met so wonderlike groep mense te werk . Vanaf die dag wat ons die engagement shoot gedoen het tot die oomblik wat die deure van Val de Vie agter ons gesluit het, het ons die beste diens, omgee en ondersteuning ontvang.

    Die feit dat albei liefdevolle oumas tot die heel einde die aand saam ons gedeel het is net vir ons 'n bewys dat die aand regtig 'n droom en groot sukses was.

    Diensverskaffers:

    Blomme & Dekor ~ N Concepts and Designs

    Liezl se Trou Rok ~ Mariette Joubert | DJ ~ Wicus

    Spyseniering ~ The Polo Club Restaurant

    Grimering en Hare ~ Yolande du Toit

    Second Shooter ~ Tertius Gous





  • Angela and Dino's Wedding

    Posted on August 7, 2014 by Admin


    Vision on Fire
    has beautifully captured Angela and Dino's wedding which took place on 22 February 2014. It was a very special day which included a Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony. It was a delight to host this couple's big day and we wish them much love and happiness in their future.


  • Every bottle of wine has a story to tell ...

    Posted on August 7, 2014 by wines

    “A good wine should be an ambassador,” Eben Sadie told me on a hail-scorched winter morning.

    I travelled to the Swartland on a rainy Friday morning at the invitation of Justin and Lisa Fullstone. The Fullstones are South African wine enthusiasts and have left no stone unturned, no wine untasted in their pursuit of ‘the perfect wine’.

    I leaned in a little closer, as Mr Sadie, ‘The Dominee’ of wine preached his ruby-colored gospel. He declared that: “the perfect wine should be an ambassador for first of all, its country; secondly – it’s region; and finally for its family.”

    The Perfect Wines of South Africa and Val de Vie are exceptional ambassadors.

    Hein Koegelenberg, the Chairman of Perfect Wines South Africa described the partnership between Perfect China, Perfect Wines South Africa, and Val de Vie Estate as an opportunity to build relationships. In an interview with CNN, it seemed that the robust growth of luxury goods in the Chinese market had created a ripe market for South African wines, particularly those of L’Huguenot Wine Estate.

    The greatest barrier to entry was higher than The Great Wall of China. Many of the Chinese consumers that the new Joint Venture faced are similar to the Fullstones – a young South African couple. They have access to a breadth of excellent and exclusive luxury brands, and have already been exposed to brilliant wines from France to Franschhoek. It is imperative therefore, that the wines from the Val de Vie Cellar are not only delicious libations of distinction, but are also excellent ambassadors of their region and country because of their unique history and flavour profile.

    The Valley of Life has a novel heritage. Gabriel Le Roux and the French Hugenots settled in the Franschhoek Valley, in and around the Val de Vie Estate area in 1688.

    Val de Vie, was therefore not only in the perfect position geographically, but was also well-placed historically to be at the heart of a story that is as round and as full as a Shiraz grape.

    “China used to buy wine through perception, and that perception was all image,” The Chairman told CNN. The Chinese Market is expected to become one of the largest in the world by 2016, and the Chairman’s focus is on those new consumers.

    The perfect ambassador - the perfect wine needs to change consumers’ preconceptions by establishing a culture of excellence. The Chairman told Die Burger that he believes that people associate with energy. And if consumers from Shanghai to Soweto to the Swartland resonate with this energy, they are inevitably attracted to both the viticulture, and the diverse culture that it represents.

    In her 2009 TED Talk, Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie fortified Hein Koegelenberg’s sentiments. She ended her TEDTalk with this thought: “Stories matter. Stories can be used to empower and to humanise. When we reject the sinlge story, when we realise that there is never a single story about any place – we regain a kind of paradise.”

    And what could be a better story, a better ambassador than the perfect bottle of paradise?

    By Tshepang Molisana


  • Boho wedding bliss

    Posted on August 7, 2014 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    The boho look can be beautifully romantic and carefree.  Layers of colours, texture and  free-spirited prettiness create a gorgeous free-spirited look that has captured our hearts.


  • We love geometric prints

    Posted on August 6, 2014 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Bright, bold prints are super fashionable at the moment. This attention-grabbing look focuses on geometric styles, with grids, triangles, concentric circles and more.


  • Time’s running out for prospective buyers to register to buy at Val De Vie’s new Stefan Antoni designed POLO VILLAGE:

    Posted on July 31, 2014 by Admin

    The developers of Val De Vie Estate moved the sales event for the new Stefan Antoni designed POLO VILLAGE to 6 September 2014. This followed after a Woman’s Day function, which was pre-booked at the Val De Vie Clubhouse, could not be accommodated on the same day as the sales event.

    At the same time the developers announced an exclusive co-operation agreement with Ferrari South Africa. The two brands will work together more closely over the next few years and a brand new Ferrari California 30 will  replace the Bentley as the grand prize for one lucky buyer at the new POLO VILLAGE. The Ferrari California is already a very sought-after model in the proud stable of Ferrari, and the California 30 is a special model offering a weight saving of 30 kg over the standard model, an increase in power to 490hp, a top speed exceeding 300km/h and a 0-100km/h time of 3.8 seconds – placing it firmly in supercar territory. The California is also the most popular model in the history of Ferrari with over 10 000 models sold globally to date.
    With only 60 residences, the POLO VILLAGE will be developed immediately adjacent to the magnificent Val De Vie Clubhouse.
    Buyers will have a choice of luxurious, fully serviced 68 m2 ‘Polo Pads’, 96 m2, two-bedroom ‘Ambrosia Suites’ and lavish 112 m2 two-bedroom en-suite ‘Hurlingham Suites’. The architects are multiple international award winners, Stefan Antoni Ommesdal Truen from Cape Town. Each ‘Polo Pad’ will have up to two parking bays (to be sold separately), as well as the benefit of private concierge services. Prices will range from R1.5 million upwards. Office Suites are also available for those choosing to conduct business from the Estate.
    With a pricetag of around R25 000 per m2, the POLO VILLAGE represents an excellent investment, as Stefan Antoni designed apartments on the Atlantic Seaboard change hands for around R100 000 per m2.
    Val De Vie is already the location of choice, not only for international polo championships and matches, but also international artists like UB40 and Claire Johnston, who hosted a concert at the Estate earlier this year.
    The developers of Val De Vie Estate have recently acquired more undeveloped land adjacent to the Estate. They are also making 200 non-resident Pearl Valley golf memberships available at the nearby 18-hole Championship Jack Nicklaus golf course, voted one of the 10 best courses in Southern Africa. The POLO VILLAGE is the first of their new development plans.
    Wine estates, championship golf, polo and thoroughbred horses, 24-hour private concierge services, world-famous restaurants, beautiful people and the world’s most desirable sports car up for grabs? Sounds like ‘La Dolce Vita’ in its purest form!
    The POLO VILLAGE will launch on
    6 September 2014 at Val De Vie Estate in the Paarl-Franschhoek area. Prospective buyers will have to register to buy at the sales event. For more information, SMS ‘BUY’ to 49970 or contact Liz Smithers on 083 775 6350.

  • Five Golden Rules of Residential Investment

    Posted on July 31, 2014 by Admin

    An Interesting Read by Century Property Developments

    While shares and other market instruments may hog the headlines in the finance pages, the finite supply of good residential property and the opportunity to make a profit using a lender's money opens up the opportunity for substantial wealth creation.

    But only if you stick to five important rules:

    - Buck the market trend: buy when sentiment is down.
    - Don't overstretch yourself.
    - Buy in a recession-proof area.
    - Acquire a second property when the rental income of the first is covering 100% of the costs.
    - Lastly, aim to pay off the bond on each property within 10 years.

    Location is most important. Picking a location that will lead to good price growth is easier said than done, but you can get someone to do the research for you. Beware that the market is fragmented - don't go with a small developer in a one-off project. You want reputation and a track record. A good developer has done all the homework to do with location and infrastructure.

    Do your research on the future of the road network in your target area. Buy in a place with easy access and avoid congestion. Suburbs with poor access usually see low rises in value.

    Also, don't buy in a highly competitive market segment. Don't buy property where someone can come to market with a similar offering right next to you. You want to be sure that there's a limited supply of the kind of development you're buying into. Find a niche market, like secure complexes. They will be more attractive in the long term. Security can mean a property climbs in value.

    Once you've decided the development or area is suitable, find a property that offers the greatest chance for price growth and be sensible with how you dress it up. Look at surrounding prices and don't overcapitalise - you want a small house with a good address. This will help you gain when you come to sell. Always consider resale value: don't make yours the most expensive house in the area.

    You can waste money by installing extravagant finishings. No matter how much you may like the idea of a tin roof, for example, you will eliminate potential buyers by putting one on because the perception of maintenance costs is important. You must know your public. Another example is having paint all the way down the walls to where they meet the garden - there is a perception that the long-term operating costs will be higher. Insulation, efficient design, using gas instead of electricity - there are many ways to make the running costs lower and raise the home's value in the eyes of potential buyers.

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    Waterfall Equestrian Estate

    Banks tend to know their onions - if they're not prepared to lend you what you'd like for a property, or if they don't see it as a stable investment, there's a good chance it isn't. You can reduce risk even further by opting to buy in a new development. If you buy newly developed properties, maintenance will be low for the first 10 years anyway.

    Once you've bought the property, find a tenant - one you've screened properly - and stick with that property.

    Be prepared for bumps along the way. Ensure you have enough money in reserve to cover three months' bond payments on any property you buy. Be disciplined about keeping that money aside.

    www.century.co.za


  • Touareg Tents has got it covered

    Posted on July 30, 2014 by Admin

    When it comes to sourcing tents for events and functions, Val de Vie always relies on Touareg Tents for their impeccable service and unrivaled product offering.

    Touareg Tents are the only suppliers of the Saddle Tents in Southern Africa. Striking in appearance and incredibly versatile, the saddle tents can be used for big outdoor events, bar covers and stage covers.

    Touareg Tents also offer Bedouin tents, canopies and stage covers. We love how their tents create an instant venue - imagine a crisp white Bedouin tent on our lush green polo fields. What a setting!

    To find out more about their services, either visit their website or email info@touaregtents.co.za.


  • The dream team: Pink and green

    Posted on July 24, 2014 by Elsje Human

    Pink and green might seem like an unlikely pair, but these two colours look magical together. Perfect for a spring or summertime wedding, the colours create a feeling playfulness, freshness and vitality in your decor. Opt for a gentle palette of soft greens, blush pink coupled with splashes of gold.


  • Val de Vie gets into the spirit of Mandela Day

    Posted on July 23, 2014 by Admin

    This Mandela Day Val de Vie Estate worked with Hope Through Action and SCORE (from the Mbekweni Community Sports Centre) to make a difference in Mbekweni.

    Inspiring quotes by Madiba were painted on banners which were displayed on the streets, while the team worked hard to clear up any litter. After that, we went to the police station and to two clinics, Phola Park and Mbekweni Clinic, where about 500 people were given 125 litres of delicious soup and bread.

    The managements of the clinics and the police station were also given flowers to thank them for the wonderful work that they do for the community.

    About the Mbekweni Community Sports Centre

    The Mbekweni Community Sports Centre's  long term aim is to build capacity in communities so that there is the ability, competence and team to both manage the centres and run the programmes with minimal external input.

    The centres they build are designed to be as sustainable as possible, within the environmental context, with innovation such as translucent panelling to allow light entry, thermally powered extract fans and so on.


  • Black and white and... pink!

    Posted on July 22, 2014 by Elsje Human

    Black and white is easily one of the most classic and elegant decor themes. Spice it up by adding a splash of pink (we like dusty pink or soft rose) and you'll get a completely different look. The pop of colour adds a sense of modern fun and softens the starkness of black and white.


  • Shardae and Richard's wedding

    Posted on July 18, 2014 by Admin

    FJS Productions have beautifully captured Shardae and Richard's stunning wedding, which Val de Vie Events had the pleasure of coordinating. The ceremony overlooked our beautiful green polo fields, followed by an exciting polo match and a dazzling reception.

    The following service providers helped to bring this magical day together:

    Videographer: FJS
    Coordination: Val de Vie
    Photographer: Ryan Graham
    Décor: Nico Laubscher
    DJ: Sound Print
    Minister: Dave Basson
    Stationary: Secret Diary Designs
    Wedding Cake: Wades Cakes
    Make up & Hair: Helga Strydom


  • Yellow gets all grown-up

    Posted on July 17, 2014 by Elsje Human

    Yellow is often thought of as the brightest, loudest colour. However, it can also be deep and sophisticated. Dark yellow, mustard and honey are luxurious shades that add a chic accent of colour without being overbearing.

    Add some glitz by pairing these colours with shimmering metallics, gold and even shades of charcoal.


  • Lovely in lace

    Posted on July 16, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

    Lace is a major trend this year and we love its delicate, feminine appeal. Lace is ladylike and romantic; the perfect addition to any bridal outfit.


  • The decadence of chocolate

    Posted on July 15, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

    When it comes to indulgence, there is nothing quite like chocolate. From truffles and gelato to macaroons and mousse, there are so many ways to enjoy the decadent appeal of this sweet sensation. Serve chocolate themed mini desserts to your guests, or include luxury chocolates in their wedding favours.


  • The luxury of vintage gold

    Posted on July 15, 2014 by Elsje Human

    We love the beauty of old, vintage gold. The rich, deep yellow tones are gorgeously luxurious and eye-catching, adding a sense of warm and vintage appeal.


  • Burger and Heleen's wedding

    Posted on July 14, 2014 by Admin

    Griekwa rugby player Burger Schoeman made his vows to his beautiful bride Heleen on  23 May at Val de Vie, only a week after ending his Curry Cup season on a high, winning the man of the match award.

    Beautiful Autumn weather shone down on the special day, as the newlyweds celebrated their love for each other with family and friends from all over the country.

    We just adore the timeless style Heleen, who opted for a vintage veil, soft sheer fabric and colours for the bridesmaid's dresses. Raw oak tables with pastel runners were paired with natural elements for the décor & flowers.

    The talented Kyle Krige captured their day perfectly.


  • Dreaming of dusty pink

    Posted on July 9, 2014 by Elsje Human

    Pink is a very feminine and romantic colour, but too much of it can look kitsch and overbearing. Dusty pink is a classy, grown-up shade of pink that is more subtle and gentle.

    It would be beautifully suited to a summer wedding, or even a romantic winter celebration. Add lace, wooden textures, some sparkle and it'll look sublime!


  • Berry bliss

    Posted on July 8, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

    Just because fresh berries are a bit harder to find and more expensive in Winter, it doesn't  mean that we can't feel inspired by these tasty fruits! We're daydreaming about warmer days and getting creative with some new ideas for Summer pre-drinks and delicious desserts. Yum!


  • Richard and Shardae's in the Sunday Times!

    Posted on July 7, 2014 by Admin

    Richard and Shardae's stunning Val de Vie wedding was recently featured in the Sunday Times! Their special day was held 4 January 2014 and it was beautifully planned by Full Coordination.


  • The Celebrate Life Ball

    Posted on July 7, 2014 by Admin

    The Celebrate Life Ball (CLB) was recently held at Val de Vie. It was a glamorous and fun-filled event that was attended by a host of stylish guests. The event was conceptualised by Mrs. South Africa 2014, Chané de Kock, as a means to do good and raise money for charity. True to this dream, 100% of the proceeds raised have been donated to the Out of Africa Children’s Foundation.

    It was our pleasure to host the event and as the photos show, it was a spectacular evening filled with fine dining, chic fashion and amazing entertainment. Visit House of Vizion to view more photos.


  • White on white

    Posted on July 4, 2014 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    There's nothing boring about a white on white decor scheme. Fresh white brightens a space, creating a beautiful sense of lightness and feeling of space. larger space, and highlights everything around it. White is very versatile and looks stunning with modern or traditional styling.


  • We love Mia Mélange Stoneware

    Posted on July 2, 2014 by Admin

    We can't get enough of  Mia Mélange, a beautiful range of stoneware that's designed by surface and textile designer Mia Danieli. Based in Stellenbosch, South Africa, this talented designer proudly produces all of her ceramics in South Africa.

    Mia's designs are inspired by her love for nature, texture and pattern and all of her designs are from her original hand drawings. She also silkscreens her own decals and transfers them to the dishware by hand. This delicate hand crafted process makes each and every item perfectly imperfect and one of a kind.

    We think that the pieces would make very special gifts for a wedding or special occasion. They would also look gorgeous in a beach holiday house.

    Mia Mélange hopes to expand her product range to other home decor items in the near future.

    Visit her Etsy store to view her full range, or visit her website for more about her work.


  • Why we can't wait for Cintron Pink Polo!

    Posted on July 2, 2014 by Admin

    Danielle Boon, a Grade 11 pupil in La Rochelle High School, recently joined the Val de Vie Events team as an intern. She was very keen  delighted to learn about our estate and highly anticipated events such as Pink Polo, which takes place in October every year. Here's what Danielle had to write about the upcoming event:

    "The annual Cintron Pink Polo Event is all about bringing friends together to have fun in the sun for a good cause. The glamorous event raises awareness and funds in aid of breast cancer.  Polo combines with timeless, elegant fashion to create a sensational day on the social calendar. What can be more fun than making a statement in pink?"


  • Vintage va va voom

    Posted on July 1, 2014 by Admin

    The Val de Vie Events team recently had a new addition, intern Danielle Boon. As a Grade 11 pupil in La Rochelle High School in Paarl, she was keen to learn about our estate and the exciting events industry.

    We love this vintage themed moodboard that Danielle created. The vintage look never goes out of fashion and it's got a beautiful sense of romance. As she says, "make your vows timeless with a touch of vintage."


  • Don't miss the Wees Lig Vrouefees on 9 August 2014

    Posted on July 1, 2014 by Admin


  • Wees Lig Vrouefees is coming to Val de Vie

    Posted on June 20, 2014 by Admin


  • Enchanted Forest Romance

    Posted on June 19, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

    We can't take our eyes off this shoot by Photographer Veronique Mills and Blomlief. Described as an Enchanted Forest Romance, the shoot celebrates nature with a touch of whimsical magic. Think of soft shades of pink, cream and delicate mauve, inspired by the gentle hues of a fresh Spring day. The stunning dresses from Anna Georgina by Kobus Dippenaar couldn't be more perfect.

    Feast your eyes on all the gorgeous details in the images below. To see more, please visit Confetti Daydreams.


  • Anel and SW's wedding is on b.loved wedding blog!

    Posted on June 19, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

    We're thrilled to see that Anel and SW's wedding has been featured on UK wedding blog, b.loved.This elegant wedding was held in April at Val de Vie and it was memorable for so many reasons: the tangible joy of the newlyweds, the elegant, timeless white decor and the happy atmosphere. Yolandé Marx took gorgeous photos that capture the mood and the stylish simplicity of the decor - no wonder b.loved took notice!

    View the full article and more images here.


  • Another look at Tanya and Kasper's wedding

    Posted on June 18, 2014 by Admin

    A few months ago we showcased the beautiful wedding of Tanya van Graan and her husband, Kasper Kristofferson. It was such a gorgeous day that we can't help but post some more photos, taken by Rensche Mari.

    Val de Vie Events masterfully coordinated the event, which took place at La Residence in Franschhoek. This exceptional venue was recently awarded as the best boutique hotel in the world. 30 guests attended the intimate wedding and Tanya looked so beautiful in her gown made by Kobus Dippenaar.











  • The Celebrate Life Ball is coming to Val de Vie

    Posted on June 13, 2014 by Admin

    Celebrate Life Ball

    The Celebrate Life Ball (CLB) was birthed out of a desire by Mrs. South Africa 2014, Chané de Kock, to use a celebration as a vehicle for doing good. We are all connected with our fellow man, yet we live worlds apart. The CLB brings these two worlds together. It reminds us of our blessings and that we have much to celebrate, but it also encourages us to be a blessing to others. Aramex South Africa is proud to be the official sponsor of the Celebrate Life Ball. It promises to be a fun-filled and glamorous event in support of a very worthy cause. 100% of the proceeds raised will be donated to the Out of Africa Children’s Foundation.

    The glamorous evening is going to be filled with great entertainment, delicious food and dancing. The Celebrate Life Ball is taking place at the stunning Val de Vie Estate in Paarl. The guests include friends, family members and anybody who would like to celebrate life. Most of the 23 Mrs. South Africa finalists will also attend the Celebrate Life Ball. Another exciting element is the fact that my Mrs. World dresses will be shown at the event. This, together with the worthy cause, sparked media interest in the Celebrate Life Ball, so I am excited to announce that the popular SABC program, Expresso Show, will be filming the event. Several newspapers will also be attending the event. So get your best dress and those dancing shoes ready because this is going to be a night to remember.


  • RSVP for the Ladies Brunch in support of Bridging Abilities

    Posted on June 13, 2014 by Admin

    Bridging Abilities will be hosting a charity event on 28 June at Val de Vie Estate and ladies were recently invited to attend the brunch on KFM and MFM. Listen to the interview here.

    This wonderful organisation  aims to provide opportunities for individuals with disabilities and to foster their personal and social development. Through sport and recreation camps, Bridging Abilities helps to improve the quality of life for each individual that passes through their doors, through rehabilitation, support and a range of wellness services.

    We applaud their incredible work and encourage everyone to support their worthy cause by attending this brunch. The event promises to be a very enjoyable occasion, offering a delectable brunch in the elegant surroundings of our picturesque estate.

    The details about the event are in the invitation below, we hope to you there! For more information about Bridging Abilities, please visit their website.

    Bridging-Abilities-Brunch


  • Corporate gifting with an edge

    Posted on June 12, 2014 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    At Val de Vie we know how important it is for corporate events to have a real wow-factor. After all, they are a representation of your business and brand, so every detail must be well thought out and considered.

    A great way to make an impression is corporate gifting. Take the time to find quality items that your guests will love to use and show off. Examples are leather bound stationery, elegant fountain pens, cufflinks or even wine accessories.

    If you're planning a corporate event, look no further than Val de Vie. Our beautiful estate is an exceptional setting for any type of corporate event, from year-end functions, gala dinners, team building and conferencing to intimate business meetings, lavish cocktail parties and product launches.

    To find out more, please contact Events@valdevie.co.za or visit our Corporate Events page.


  • Ryk Neethling on Pearl Valley, Val de Vie and succeeding in property

    Posted on June 11, 2014 by Admin

    Ryk Neethling on Pearl Valley, Val de Vie and succeeding in property

    Posted on June 10, 2014 in Interviews

    Interview with Ryk Neethling
    The question faced by many sportsmen and women at the end of their competitive careers, is where to next? Very often this leads into the realms of celebrity dealings, and sporting off-shoots. The transition into a new chapter of their lives is sometimes met with great financial success, and sometimes it isn’t. Whatever the case may be, a successful career in sport does not always guarantee a successful career afterwards. Ryk Neethling, an Olympic gold medalist and South African swimming hero, is an athlete who has decisively taken his career into the world of property development, and seems to be making a sterling success of it. Ryk is the Marketing Director of award-winning Val de Vie Estate. The estate has just announced its expansion by buying into Pearl Valley Golf and Country Estate, and the surrounding land. Allowing the estates to leverage off of one-another’s unique offerings in the Cape, by providing home-owners access to a myriad of luxury lifestyle facilities. Based on the development that the company is pursuing it is certainly targeting the surge of the wealthy in the sought-after Western Cape region, which is much needed good news for business in South Africa. – LF

    RYK NEETHLING: The combined offering between Pearl Valley and Val de Vie will be something that is really unmatched, we believe, anywhere else in the world, as well as being close to the international airport in Cape Town.  The bridge that we’re going to build over the Berg River really opens up the whole Stellenbosch market, which is very expansive, so we’re quite excited about that.  So far, we had about 130 sales last year and the majority of the people are from Gauteng – so it’s people moving down – and we see that continuing, especially with the political results from the recent elections.

    LUCIENNE FERREIRA: That’s very interesting, that you mention you’ve noted that the elections have had such a big impact on property sales in Val de Vie.

    RYK NEETHLING: Yes, we see people from Gauteng and more and more, from Durban as well that are moving here.  The breadwinner will still commute to Johannesburg or to Durban, but the family can stay in a very secure environment.  There are very good schools in the area, and they can go to work and not have to worry about safety.

    LUCIENNE FERREIRA: In terms of Val de Vie as an estate, for those of us who aren’t familiar with it, what does it offer?  How is that pairing going to add value to the market with the acquisition of Pearl Valley and the surrounding land?

    RYK NEETHLING: In Val de Vie, we have about 530 plots.  It’s a lifestyle aspect.  We have a full working wine farm on the estate as well.  We have about 100 stables with horses.  We have two polo fields.  We have a very nice indoor swimming pool.  It’s not built just for me.  Anyone can use it.  We have a very nice gym.  We have a preschool on the estate.  We have a restaurant with a clubhouse so really – everything for everybody.  We are surrounded by four different mountain ranges.  The new adventure sport is obviously for everybody to go mountain biking, so we’re ideally situated for that, and it’s just a very nice outdoor lifestyle.  We have about two kilometres of Berg River where you can do fly-fishing.  We have five lakes and about 30 hectares where it’s also stocked with fish.

    Security is obviously the big thing, and then we feel that the recent acquisition of Pearl Valley Phase 2 – about 320 hectares – will give us access to one of the best golf courses in South Africa, without us actually having the golf course, and having the golfers walk in front of your house during the day.  We are very excited about that and Pearl Valley has a great brand as well, not just in South Africa but internationally, too.  I think that combined offering is just going to see this area become a very prominent player in the residential market.

    LUCIENNE FERREIRA: Absolutely.  I think we can both expect some property investors to find strong value there.  Cape Town in itself has a huge amount of value to offer.  Property prices are soaring.  Everybody wants a piece of it.  Can you tell us how much the acquisition was worth?

    RYK NEETHLING: Unfortunately, I can’t disclose that.

    LUCIENNE FERREIRA: I thought I would try.

    RYK NEETHLING: I know.  It was a nice try.  The price that we paid compared to the value it’s going to unlock…you can’t compare that.  The value that this acquisition is going to unlock is just going to be incredible.  The sales are increasing.  We were talking about the off-ramps as well as the Berg River being included, and it’s actually going to flow through their space now.  It’s really a paradise for young families.  People maybe have a misconception too, that it’s not a place for swallows or for people to come and retire.  It’s actually a very young estate.  The average age is maybe 40/45.  As I said – young – but it also depends on your perspective.  We currently have 200 kids under the age of ten, on the estate so it’s really a paradise for young families.

    LUCIENNE FERREIRA: Yes, it sounds like a great place to settle.  What I’m quite interested in, from the market transaction perspective is how did Val de Vie come to making the acquisition?  Is it part of the bigger growth strategy?  Is it leveraging on the fact that there is a middle-class sector boom in the country?  Was it something that was opportunistic?

    RYK NEETHLING: No, I think the original developer always had expansion in mind.  If you look at the estate, all the common facilities such as the restaurant and the stables are built on the border of Pearl Valley. There’s also extra services on the sewerage, water, and electricity fronts.  This development is going to happen in phases and for the first couple of phases, we don’t have to upgrade any of the infrastructure, which is going to make it even more profitable.  We can take our time and develop this, as the market demands it.  We’re not going to release any product that’s going to compete with a different product that we have, so the first phases will be a bit smaller plots.  We’re looking at a retirement village as well, so our main goal is to ensure that the people, who bought here so far, can get capital growth on their investments and we hope that the different products will aid that.

    LUCIENNE FERREIRA: It sounds like the group made a very strategic move.  One thing that people are very interested in, as much as the property boom is exciting and the investment aspect of it is exciting, especially with the pairing between Pearl Valley and Val de Vie…  How do you, South African swimming champion Ryk Neethling, fit into the operations at Val de Vie?

    RYK NEETHLING: Many people think I’m just a ‘page face’ or an ambassador, but I’ve been involved with Val de Vie for almost six years now.  I became a shareholder about three years ago, and my portfolio is all the marketing.  We have an estate agency.  We have a development company – restaurant, wines, business, and events – so I do all the marketing for that. We’re negotiating a hotel deal as well, and we’re talking to a couple of private school groups, so that’s my role. After I graduated from university in America, I worked in commercial real estate developments and investments for three years, so that’s where my background in the property game comes from.

    LUCIENNE FERREIRA: So it really sounds like you’re targeting that entire upper-middle-income sector group of properties, so that you can see the gains from all of the up and down swings in the market.  I was going to ask how you found yourself in property, but it seems as though it’s something you decided to do a while ago.

    RYK NEETHLING: Yes, my father’s a property lawyer too, so it’s something I grew up with and I must say I’m really living my dream, to be able to live in this beautiful place, and to be able to do what I love as well.


  • Suit up in style

    Posted on June 11, 2014 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Finding the right suit can be a challenge, but a well tailored suit is a real wardrobe investment. This article from Destiny Man magazine offers guidance on finding the right suit.

    Bespoke suits are the ultimate personal expression of the gentleman who wants the best. We go behind the scenes to learn what the creation of just one of these suits entails.

    Bespoke suits say something about the man behind the material – the quality’s sublime, the sewing’s precise and perfectly finished, the trimmings are top-notch and the superb tailoring means your suit is the ideal fit.

    Bespoke suits are made just for you, so the fit’s impeccable and every single detail of the suit can be personalized. Most clients enjoy the fact that their suit isn’t mass-produced in a factory, but is created exclusively for them by a private tailor.

    Made-to-measure clothing can also hide a multitude of sins. A shopper interested in an off-the-rack suit might have to buy a larger jacket to accommodate a wide midsection; it could also be too long and have oversized shoulders and arms. But a bespoke suit often includes a few strategically positioned extra centimeters of fabric where needed, while keeping the rest of the measurements in proportion.

    Posture also affects the way fabric hangs on the body. A good custom tailor will take diagonal body measurements to fit rounded shoulders or a slight slouch.

    You never have to worry about major alterations, since every suit you order will be in your size. Usually future alterations are complimentary, should you lose or gain weight.

    No matter the designer or the tailor, here’s what you can expect when getting a bespoke suit.

    Step 1: The initial meeting

    The first step in the process is to meet your tailor. If you don’t have ‘the average build’ (i.e. you are super-slender or very tall and bulky), this is your opportunity to tell him − or, her − what you struggle with when looking for a suit.

    Step 2: Fabric swatch choice

    This is a somewhat involved process, as everything counts. Most high-end tailors will use age-old methods of layering canvas inside the front of the jacket to create a perfectly hanging suit, though the silhouettes
are usually trim and the fabric colours range
from purples to midnight blue with chalk stripes.

    Step 3: Extensive lining options

    Although the lining is on the inside of the garment, it’s just as important as the actual fabric. The lining is always of superior-quality fabric and in an exciting colour. Picking your own lining today is like picking a tie.

    Step 4: Fabric matching

    The tailor − if he’s worth his salt − will usually drape the fabric you have chosen over your shoulder to match it to your complexion. This way, you get a realistic idea of how the colour complements your skin tone and eyes and is a far better method than merely choosing a fabric from minute swatches.

    Step 5: Measurements

    The tailor will take over 11 separate measurements of your body and these form the backbone of a well-fitting suit.

    Step 6: Final sketch

    The design process involves you and the designer equally, with you stating your requirements and the designer advising what’s feasible and offering creative input.

    Step 7: The fitting

    A bespoke suit takes a minimum of 35 hours to make. When it is completed, your tailor may ask you to come in for minor finishing touches.

    This article first appeared in Destiny Man magazine.


  • VAL DE VIE ESTATE EXPANDS

    Posted on June 10, 2014 by Admin

    THE VALLEY OF LIFE CONTINUES TO GROW

    The award-winning Val de Vie Estate will soon expand after acquiring a portion of the farm Kliprug, belonging to neighbouring Pearl Valley Golf & Country Estate, combined with their recent purchase of the Levendal Developement from the Power Development Group. In doing so this residential node of Val de Vie and Pearl Valley will become the benchmark for secure country estate living, as well as give Val de Vie residents direct access to Pearl Valley’s renowned Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course.

    The Opportunity:

    Val de Vie Estate has acquired, subject to certain conditions, 322 hectares of Kliprug which lies between Pearl Valley Golf & Country Estate and Val de Vie Estate. The undeveloped land, originally used for clay mining, has approved rights for 1 094 residences, which includes farms, single and multiple unit residential opportunities.  The development will be incorporated into Val de Vie in phases over the next 10 years, starting early next year.

    Pearl Valley will retain 20ha of the land allowing for the development of an additional 150 stands within the existing Estate.  Under the stewardship of new shareholder Standard Bank, Pearl Valley is reviewing their Development Master Plan, which will see the development of various alternative residential opportunities.

    “Pearl Valley offers several fantastic real estate investment opportunities. With the sale of land to our neighbour, this further assists us to fulfil our Development Master Plan objectives,” says Rory Roriston, formerly Head of Real Estate Asset Management at Standard Bank and now Managing Director of Pearl Valley Golf & Country Estate.

    More than 75% of the new Val de Vie development will be allocated as green areas used for vineyards, nature conservation, lakes, horse paddocks, parks and farmland. This complements the indigenous landscaped garden environment that its neighbour contains.   The original plan of including another golf course has been scrapped.  Both estates will retain their separate Homeowner’s Associations and stringent security measures. Roads and security gatehouses linking the two estates will be the first project to commence, and will enable Val de Vie residents taking up Pearl Valley Non-Resident Golf Memberships, to access Pearl Valley’s golf facilities by golf cart.

    Pearl Valley Phase I was developed in 2003 and its Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course has consistently been ranked as one of South Africa’s Top 10 courses.  The most recent being its 7th spot on the Golf Digest Top 100.  Pearl Valley was again ranked Best Conditioned Course the Western Cape in 2014.

    Endless Possibilities with Levendal:

    Val de Vie also bought 93 hectares of land across the river as well as all rights associated with the Levendal Developement from the Power Development Group.  It took over nine years to acquire the rights for the Levendal Development. The rights include an extensive range of various residential and some commercial opportunities.  The rights provide for 591 opportunities enabling Val de Vie to become owners of the land on both sides of the Berg River and develop a bridge for use by residents of both estates only. This will link the estates with the R45 making the journey into the Stellenbosch CBD less than 20 minute and allowing  quicker access to the N1 with a estimated 20 minute trip to the International Airport and under 30min to the V&A Waterfront.

    With the respective developments planned on either side of the fence, Val de Vie and Pearl Valley will together create a lifestyle village that includes polo, golf, mountain biking, other sports and wine; unsurpassed in scale and choice anywhere in South Africa. Martin Venter CEO & Founder of the Val de Vie Development Company sums it up: “Val de Vie and Pearl Valley have each built strong international brands. However, the expansion of Val de Vie will result in a luxury residential node with diverse offerings, multiple exits and access to two provincial roads, the R301 and R45.”

    Val de Vie Foundation:

    The Val de Vie Development Company has also committed to strengthening communities in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley by establishing the Val de Vie Foundation. A small portion of the monthly levy income and percentage of all sales will go towards supporting local community programs with an emphasis on education and children's programs. It is estimated that this fund can contribute in excess of R5million over and above the current contributions Val de Vie makes through various initiatives.

    Prizes and Prices:

    Val de Vie recently scooped two International Property Awards in Dubai, respectively winning a 5-star award for Best Development, Multiple Units, and another award as Highly Commended in the Best Leisure Development category. The “Polo House” was also awarded the Best Single Unit Development in Africa and Arabia. Stands are priced from R1 000 000 upwards and Villas are available from R3 million to R15 million.

    Val de Vie

    Val de Vie is a 532 plot family friendly primary residence estate which boasts state of the art security, leafy, wide-open spaces, worlds class-polo fields, Rhône-style vineyards, a modern pre-school, and stunning French Provencal and Cape Colonial architecture. The vineyards produce internationally acclaimed wines, and the polo fields host several international tournaments each year. The Estate offers more than 80 horse stables and more than 2km of Berg River frontage. In 2013 the estate recorded a record number of 130 sales.

    Pearl Valley

    Unsurpassed for natural beauty and nestled in the gorgeous Berg River Valley, surrounded by the magnificent Simonsberg Mountains and situated on the banks of the Berg River lies Pearl Valley Golf & Country Estate. This beautiful 212-hectare estate incorporates both a tranquil and secure country residential estate and an award-winning Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. Named the Best Conditioned Golf Course in the Western Cape for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 by Golf Digest Magazine and awarded Compleat Golfer’s Five Star Experience Award for six consecutive years, it is evident that it does indeed take a legend to make a legend.

    Pearl Valley Golf Membership

    Golf Membership at Pearl Valley remains exclusive and predominately Pearl Valley resident based, however, a limited number of Pearl Valley Non-Resident Golf Memberships are available, membership includes the following:

    • Unlimited complimentary green fees
    • Unlimited access to member practice facilities
    • Preferred Golf Member tee times (with your accompanied guests)
    • Access to Golf Member Competitions
    • Member Guest Invitational Days
    • Affiliation and handicapping fees
    • Two complimentary green fee vouchers
    • Access to the Pearl Valley clubhouse, bar and Members Lounge with free Wi-Fi
    • 10% discount on food & beverage items, spa treatments and merchandise in The Golf Shop
    • Discounted cart fees
    • Preferred green fees for accompanied guests

    Reciprocity to Jack Nicklaus golf courses worldwide.

    Proximity

    Approximately 35 minutes drive to Cape Town. Approximately 20 minutes drive to Durbanville. Approximately 15 minutes drive to Franschhoek Approximately 20 minutes to Stellenbosch. 8 km to Paarl (via R301)

    FOR FURTHER PRESS INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Marketing Director of Val de Vie Estate

    – Ryk Neethling

    Email: ryk.neethling@valdevie.co.za

    Mobile: +27 82 995 1700

    Sales & Marketing Manager of Pearl Valley Golf & Country Estate

    - Pamela Warrington

    Email: pamela.warrington@pearlvalley.co.za

    Tel: +27 21 867 8000. Mobile: +27 82 040 5909


  • Lezanne and Andre's wedding

    Posted on June 10, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

    We're loving the colourful quirkiness of the Lezanne and Andre's wedding photos, masterfully taken by Charl Smith from Agape Studios. The couple held at Val de Vie on the 15th of March 2014 and these photos capture the energy and vibrancy of the day.



  • Moroccan magic

    Posted on June 10, 2014 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Embrace the exotic with a dash of Moroccan magic! We are so inspired by the rich colours and patterns of this beautiful country. For something different, why not host a Moroccan inspired event? Use deep, vibrant colours in your palette and have comfy rugs and cushions for guests can sit on. Serve dishes such as tagines and stuffed dates, and traditional beverages such as mint tea. For entertainment, how about a belly dancing lesson?


  • DIY Mimosa bar

    Posted on June 9, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

    We love this creative idea of a “help yourself to a Mimosa” bar.

    Choose as many Summer fruity flavours as you wish and set them out for your guests to enjoy. Glassware can either be very formal with pretty Champagne flutes, or for a more relaxed style go for an eclectic mix and match.

    This fun idea is perfect for an outdoor kitchen tea in Spring or Summer or simply for a get together with great friends.


  • Pure elegance

    Posted on June 6, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

    Happy Friday! We just love this romantic, elegant look. Vintage Lace, touches of gold, glass, crystal and pearl create a classy style all around.


  • Mia and Mikhael's wedding video

    Posted on June 5, 2014 by Admin

    Here' the beautiful wedding video of Mia and Mikhael, who celebrated their special wedding at Val de Vie. Just gorgeous! Videography by TRÖvideo.


  • A fabulous Ladies Brunch in support of Bridging Abilities

    Posted on June 4, 2014 by Admin

    Bridging Abilities will be hosting a charity event on 28 June at Val de Vie Estate. This wonderful organisation  aims to provide opportunities for individuals with disabilities and to foster their personal and social development. Through sport and recreation camps, Bridging Abilities helps to improve the quality of life for each individual that passes through their doors, through rehabilitation, support and a range of wellness services.

    We applaud their incredible work and encourage everyone to support their worthy cause by attending this brunch. The event promises to be a very enjoyable occasion, offering a delectable brunch in the elegant surroundings of our picturesque estate.

    The details about the event are in the invitation below, we hope to you there! For more information about Bridging Abilities, please visit their website.


  • Wine Special this Month

    Posted on June 3, 2014 by Admin

    Enjoy this award winning wine with your favourite winter dishes of venison or roast lamb. Limited stock available from the Polo Club Restaurant and Wine Bar- 021 863 6174


  • The Val de Vie Grooms take to the field

    Posted on June 2, 2014 by janette

    Great teamwork between the men that take care of our beloved horses at Val de Vie. Here is George Mumba as captain with his team ready for a soccer match this past weekend.




  • Kara and Dirk's dream wedding at Val de Vie

    Posted on May 27, 2014 by Admin

    Imagine winning a wedding at Val de Vie worth R800 000!  For one lucky couple this is not a dream anymore, but a reality!  Kara and Dirk won the SA Wedding Show “Win a Wedding” competition last year.  It was the biggest wedding prize that has ever been given away in South Africa and the record might stand for a few years to come.

    Apart from getting the luxurious Val de Vie as a wedding venue, Kara was also sponsored a beautiful Anna Georgina dress, a wedding video from Vision on Fire and plenty of other prizes. Zara Zoo offered a wedding photography package worth R30 000 that included a pre-wedding photo shoot.

    Although Kara and Dirk were at school together, the flame only started burning when they studied together at Stellenbosch University.  The couple now lives in Gauteng, but their dream had always been to have their wedding in the Cape Winelands.

    Both bride and groom got ready on the estate with Kara arriving in the estate's beautiful vintage car that was also later used for the couple photos.  The tented ceremony was done in the French courtyard. 160 of their closest family and friends attended.

    After the ceremony photographer Natelee took Kara and Dirk around the estate, including the wine tasting house, vineyards and the polo field for photos.  While the couple had their photos done, guests were entertained to a real polo match while sipping on the finest bubbly and being treated to sumptuous Canapés from the Polo Club Restaurant.

    The reception was a feast fit for royalty with styling done by Cream Event Library and music by Aleit Music & Entertainment.  Thanks to the SA Wedding Show, Die Burger and an element of luck, Kara and Dirk had their dream wedding realized in style!

    The SA Wedding Show will run from 6-8 June this year and is hosted at the CTICC.  It is the biggest Wedding Expo in the Western Cape.  Tickets are available at the door at R80 and gives you a host of experiences including live demos, chef tastings, a Little Pink Book Wedding Workshop and the cream of Western Cape wedding suppliers and services to browse through.  Plan your wedding in one weekend by visiting the SA Wedding Show 2014.

    Photos by Natelee Koen & Annerien Nel


  • Francois and Donna-Lee's engagement shoot

    Posted on May 27, 2014 by Admin

    Francois Brummer, a Griekwa Rugby Player, will be tying the knot with his beautiful fiance, Donna-Lee, up North in December. The couple celebrated their love with a beautiful engagement shoot at Val de Vie - simply stunning!


  • Gatsby gold

    Posted on May 27, 2014 by Simone de Wet

    A 1920s inspired Great Gatsby theme has long been a popular option for parties and weddings alike. This era saw the rising popularity of jazz, radical new fashions for women (think of the stylish bob) and classic cocktails such as Long Island ice tea and the Manhattan. Put a twist on your version of this theme with a dazzling gold colour scheme. You'll have all the fun and energy of the roaring 20s with an extra dash of glamour.


  • City chic

    Posted on May 26, 2014 by Simone de Wet

    Today we are so inspired by the beautiful colours, patterns and textures of old European cities. Got the Monday blues? Perk up your day with some bright primary colours and eye-catching prints.


  • Anel and SW's wedding

    Posted on May 21, 2014 by Admin

    Here are some stunning photos by Yolandé Marx of Anel and SW's Val de Vie wedding, which was held on 12 April 2014 and coordinated by Karla Oettler from Absolute Weddings. We were delighted to host this lovely couple and wish them much joy and happiness.

















  • Botanical beauty

    Posted on May 21, 2014 by Elsje Human

    In South Africa we are so lucky to have an abundance of gorgeous indigenous flowers and vegetation. Bring the beauty of our botanical heritage into your wedding with fynbos, proteas and lush leaves. Think out the box by laying flowers along table runners, or topping your cake with a rustic flower arrangement.


  • Val de Vie: The venue of choice for chic corporate events

    Posted on May 20, 2014 by Admin

    Val de Vie Estate is an exceptional setting for any type of corporate event, from functions, team building and conferencing to intimate business meetings, lavish cocktail parties, product launches and year-end functions.

    We understand that each event should offer the best possible experience for your clients or colleagues, which is why each corporate event is planned according to your unique needs. Our team can coordinate every aspect of your event, making the entire process as stress-free and efficient as possible.

    The  elegant ballroom, a truly luxurious venue, can comfortably accommodate 300 people for a seated dinner. Take advantage of our unique offerings, such as a private polo match with your company's branding, or perhaps wine tasting and blending with our winemaker, a great way to enjoy team building in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley.

    We are proud to have hosted numerous top corporate businesses and brands, including Investec, Nikon, Veuve Clicquot, ABSA and BMW.

    To find out more, please contact Events@valdevie.co.za or visit our Corporate Events page.


  • Sone's beautiful family photo shoot

    Posted on May 19, 2014 by Admin

    Sone, a gorgeous Val de Vie bride, recently had a beautiful family photo shoot at Warwick Wine Estate. The photos were taken by Inecke Photography and they are absolutely gorgeous!

    The Val de Vie Events team loves the idea of a family photo shoot before a wedding. It's a wonderful way to celebrate family bonds at such a special time in ones life.

    View more photos from the shoot on Inecke's website.





  • Fresh and simple

    Posted on May 19, 2014 by Elsje Human

    It's the start of a new week, so we are feeling inspired by this fresh, clean look. White is peaceful, elegant and pure, and it can be a gorgeous statement colour on its own. Add some accent items to add visual interest, such as striking jewellery or quirky table settings.


  • Pink passion

    Posted on May 16, 2014 by Elsje Human

    Did you know that a pink carnation means "I will never forget you"? Beautiful, romantic pink is the color of universal love. Add some charm to your wedding with splashes of this warm, loving colour.


  • Burger and Heleen's engagement shoot

    Posted on May 15, 2014 by Admin

    We are very excited about the wedding of Burger and Heleen, who are tying the knot next week at Val de Vie. Their gorgeous engagement shoot was taken by Kyle Krige, who has beautifully captured the bond shared by this wonderful couple.


  • Jean-Mari and Julian's engagement shoot

    Posted on May 14, 2014 by Admin

    Jean-Mari and Julian's wedding will be held at Val de Vie on 23 August 2014 and we know it's going to be a wonderful day!

    We love their engagement shoot by Aglow Photography, which took place in Cape Town and beautifully celebrates their love.


  • Vintage simplicity

    Posted on May 14, 2014 by Elsje Human

    We love the idea of a vintage decor theme that's all about simplicity. Imagine old glass bottles filled with wild flower posies, a gorgeous naked cake with no icing, a simple bouquet of baby's breath or a table setting with no tablecloths, but rather exposed, beautiful antique wood. With this look there's no need for extra embellishments or fiddly details - just celebrate the beauty of the simple things.


  • Friday Night FOOD MARKET - 30 May

    Posted on May 12, 2014 by Admin

    Invite your friends and family for a fun night out in the winelands.
    Country style with Live Music and old black and white movies projected on big screens while you're browsing the selection of delicious food stalls to delight your tastebuds! Its all about family so bring along the little ones for some fun in the kids entertainment area.
    Free Entrance
    Doors open from 6pm until 10pm.


  • With love to all the mothers out there ...

    Posted on May 12, 2014 by Admin


  • Quirky and cute!

    Posted on May 12, 2014 by Elsje Human

    Embrace your inner child by adding fun, quirky elements to your wedding. Imagine splashes of glitter, a bright, cheery palette of colours and loads of bright sweet treats. Find unusual accessories such as old suitcases to add to the decor, or perhaps even arrive at the ceremony in a school bus! Think back to the parties of your childhood and draw inspiration from there. After all, this theme is all about celebrating your special day with a big smile!


  • Monique and Nick's wedding video

    Posted on May 12, 2014 by Admin

    FJS Productions have released their captivating video of Monique and Nick's Val de Vie wedding. The special day included a polo match and a stunning reception that really had the wow factor.


  • Falling for fall

    Posted on May 12, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

    May is the last month of Autumn and we love the beauty of this mellow season. Leaves  are ablaze with red and gold start falling from the trees, and the weather begins to cool down. An Autumn-themed wedding pays tribute to the beauty of nature, drawing on natural themes such as leaves, wooden textures and deep, rich colours.

    Autumn flowers

    Take inspiration from Autumn's golden hues by using deep yellow, muted greens and rusty reds. Berries and bright leaves also look beautiful in a bouquet.


  • Tracy and Colin's engagement shoot

    Posted on May 9, 2014 by Admin

    Tracy and Colin are planning to celebrate their wedding at Val de Vie early next year. It's going to be a spectacular occasion and we are so thrilled to be coordianting the big day of this amazing couple!

    Their stunning engagement shoot by Abri Kruger took our breath away. Tracy and Colin's adorable little boy and girl were part of the shoot and we love the glamour and warmth that the images convey.

    The talented Abri Kruger boasts years of experience in the USA and South Africa. He covers wedding internationally but calls South Africa his home.


  • Mikhael & Mia's Wedding

    Posted on May 9, 2014 by Admin

    Mikhael and Mia recently held their wedding at Val de Vie, which was beautifully coordinated by Elsje Oosthuizen.

    We are enthralled by the amazing photographs taken by Ryan Graham. They are truly magnificent and bring the day to life in exquisite detail. The chic white decor scheme included natural, country-inspired flower arrangements with rosemary, baby's breath and proteas, amongst others.

    We were honoured to host this lovely wedding and wish Mikhael and Mia much happiness in their lives together.

    View more photos on Ryan Graham's website.


  • Dreamy wedding decor

    Posted on May 9, 2014 by Iza Slabbert

    Get dreamy with this eye-catching and opulent decor scheme. Gold, vibrant colours and rich textures are combined to make a dramatic statement -  it's all about mixing up disparate ideas and making them work together.


  • Shelley and Paul's wedding

    Posted on May 8, 2014 by Admin

    We love the gorgeous photos of Shelley and Paul's wedding day, taken by Alice Swan Photography. We were so happy to be part of this wonderful couple's big day, which was held at Val de Vie on 12 December 2013.

    The ceremony took place in the Polo Pavilion, while the dazzling reception was in our ballroom. A crisp white decor scheme created a beautifully elegant and romantic mood.

    To view more photos, please visit Alice Swan's website.


  • A picture perfect paint-themed party for kids

    Posted on May 8, 2014 by Iza Slabbert

    Add a splash of colour with a paint-themed party! Kids will love this quirky and vibrant theme, which draws on all things paint related. It's a great way for them to have a party that celebrates their favourite colours. Elements such as colour swatch cards, paintbrushes and Pantone colours are transformed into cute decorations and delicious treats.

    All images courtesy of Sweetstyle.com.au


  • A peek at Shelley and Paul's wedding

    Posted on May 6, 2014 by Admin

    Here's a preview of Shelley and Paul's wedding photos, taken by Alice Swan Photography. This amazing couple tied the knot at Val de Vie on 12 December 2013, watch out for more photos soon!


  • Simone and Nick's wedding

    Posted on May 6, 2014 by Admin

    Simone and Nick held their wedding at Val de Vie on 8 March 2014. Val de Vie Full Coordination was delighted to have planned this special day; the couple are so in love and it was a real pleasure to work with them.

    The beautiful outdoor ceremony took place in the French Quad, which boasts magnificent views of the polo fields and surrounding mountains.

    An intimate reception followed in the Polo Club Restaurant. Crisp, elegant decor set the tone, and after a sumptuous dinner guests were keen to join the newlyweds on the dance floor.

    These are just some of the gorgeous photos of the day, taken by Moira West Photography. Be sure to view more on Moira's Facebook page.

    We wish Simone and Nick much joy and happiness in their future together!


  • Mother's Day at the Polo Club Restaurant

    Posted on May 6, 2014 by Admin

    Spoil your Mom on Mother's Day!

    Reservations Essential: 021 863 6174


  • We love Joannette Kruger and Abri Kruger Photography

    Posted on May 2, 2014 by Admin

    We are taken aback by the talent of Joannette Kruger Photography and Abri Kruger Photography. From weddings to family photo shoots, their work is always absolutely beautiful and full of emotion. With Winter on the way, why not contact them for a family photoshoot with a winter theme?

    As Joanette says, "I strive to make each session creative and fun as possible and try to steer away from your traditional family sessions."

    To find out more about their work, please Joannette Kruger Photography and Abri Kruger Photography.


  • Corporate event trends for 2014

    Posted on May 1, 2014 by Simone de Wet

    Gone are the days when corporate events meant stale canapes, bad lighting and dull PowerPoint presentations. Today any corporate functions needs to be a slick, creative affair that conveys a powerful brand message. Event Solutions has a great overview of some of the trends we can expect to see in the year ahead.

    All images and ideas courtesy of Event Solutions.

    1. Marquee Signs
    Use illuminated letters to spell out anything important, from your company name to a key area at the venue.

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    2. Events for a Cause
    Companies are becoming more socially aware, which is why the hottest events are associating themselves with worthy causes. From savvy marketing for charities to worthy donations, it's all about making a positive difference.

    3. Shapes and Patterns
    Decor is going beyond single colour palettes and now a range of patterns are all the rage. Chevrons, diamonds, florals, polka dots... there are so many ways to add some visual drama with patterns.

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    4. Rustic Modern Décor
    Rustic decor takes on a modern edge when combined with striking modern elements such as glass, metal and mirrors. The contrast of natural materials such as wood and raw fabrics with industrial styling is a look that we'll be seeing a lot of in the year ahead.

    5. Unique Venues
    Finding an unusual venue is a hot trend that adds a sense of intrigue and excitement. Never mind conference halls or ballrooms, events are now taking place at unexpected locations such as galleries, museums and warehouses.

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  • Funky festive food ideas

    Posted on April 30, 2014 by Simone de Wet

    Let food become a visual feast with bold colours and eye-catching patterns. Quirky and downright decadent, we love the idea of making party food just as fun as it was when we were kids. Who can resist pink candy floss or luscious cupcakes adorned with hundreds and thousands? Yum!


  • Bigger Better Beverage Bars

    Posted on April 30, 2014 by Simone de Wet

    Hot or cold, winter or summer,  nothing can stop you from having a creative  and fresh beverage offering at your big day bash!

    We love the idea of signature cocktails, as well as His and Hers drinks. The customised coffee bar is also a super  idea if you are having a winter wedding. Mini drinks are a clever way of having more drinks on offer, but still saving on the costs.
    Whatever tickles your fancy, a funky beverage offering is a MUST this season.
    Cheers to choosing something fun and delicious!

    Images courtesy of Lover.ly


  • Glittering gold

    Posted on April 29, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

    Gold is a glamorous colour that never goes out of fashion. Adding some golden sparkle to your wedding instantly creates a luxe feel. Use sequins, glitter or sumptuous fabrics to add some gold to your decor. Gold looks great with many other colours, from whites and neutrals to pinks or even greens, so it's very versatile too.


  • Warm up with Roasted Tomato and Basil Soup

    Posted on April 29, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

    Autumn is here so we're preparing ourselves for cooler days and evenings. This soup recipe is a perfect hearty and healthy dish for the chilly weather on the way.

    Recipe courtesy of www.justeasyrecipes.co.za

    Roasted Tomato and Basil Soup (serves 4-6)

    This is a rich tomato soup, it’s absolutely delicious… Perfect for a starter, main course or even as a base for a pasta sauce!  Use plum or vine-ripened tomatoes, in fact whatever tomato you use, just make sure it’s red, ripe and juicy.

    Ingredients

    10-12 plum tomatoes, cut lengthwise
    1 large onion, cut into quarters
    6 cloves of garlic, peeled (4 left whole for roasting and 2 crushed for sautéing)
    4 tablespoons olive oil (you’ll use 3 tbs for roasting and 1 tbs for frying garlic)
    1/3 cup dry red wine
    2 cups chicken stock
    1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
    2 tablespoons tomato paste
    1/4 cup fresh basil, finely chopped (and some extra for garnish)
    1 teaspoon sugar
    1 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    Optional: ¼ – ½ cup cream if you want it to be a little creamier

    Method:

    1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
    2. Place the tomatoes, onions and 4 garlic cloves onto a large roasting tray.  Drizzle with 3 tablespoons of olive oil and season well with salt and pepper.  Roast for 1 hour and allow to cool.
    3. Once cooled, transfer it to a blender and puree until smooth.
    4. In a medium-sized pot (big enough for the soup) and over medium heat, add the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, 2 cloves crushed garlic, salt and pepper. Cook for about 1-2 minutes, being careful not to burn the garlic.
    5. Now pour in the pureed tomato mixture and cook for roughly 5 minutes.
    6. Add the tomato paste, sugar, chopped basil, red wine, chicken stock and balsamic vinegar and stir to combine.
    7. Allow the mixture to come to the boil and then reduce the heat to low and allow it to simmer for 45 minutes to an hour.
    8. If you’d like the soup even smoother, run the blender through the soup again.

  • Brown and white

    Posted on April 25, 2014 by Iza Slabbert

    We all know that black and white is a classic combination, but at the moment the Val de Vie events team is loving brown and white. Classy and understated, the brown-white spectrum has it all: white is crisp, clean and modern, while chocolate brown conveys a welcoming sense of warmth, comfort and relaxation.


  • Crazy about cake stations

    Posted on April 25, 2014 by Simone de Wet

    Sweet stations have been a popular dessert option at weddings for quite a while now, so we're excited to see the latest hot trend: the cake station! Tempt your guests with an array of scrumptious cakes. Not only does everyone get to enjoy different flavours, the cakes also look gorgeous and make a decor statement.

    All images courtesy of Lover.ly


  • Pure and simple

    Posted on April 23, 2014 by Iza Slabbert

    Sometimes simple is best. A classic plan white t-shirt, a slick ponytail, a bunch of plain white roses or a cake that's simply adorned with luscious icing. It's almost become a cliche to say that less is more, but there is still so much truth in this statement. As Leonardo da Vinci famously said, “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”


  • Equestrian inspired events

    Posted on April 23, 2014 by Simone de Wet

    Here at Val de Vie we've long been drawn to the beauty of horses and the elegance of polo, so it's no surprise to us that a trend for equestrian-inspired events has taken off. Hay bales, lucky horse shoes and rustic flowers complete the look for this country-style theme. Many of our couples choose to have a polo match played at their wedding, which we think is the absolute cherry on top!

    All images courtesy of Lover.ly


  • UB40 ft. Ali Campbell at Val de Vie Estate

    Posted on April 22, 2014 by Admin

    Check out this great video of UB40 ft. Ali Campbell, who performed at Val de Vie on 4 April 2014. Brought to SA by Seed Experiences & DStv, the show also included Trenton and Free Radical, Hot Water and special guests Mango Groove.

    With more than 50 hit singles and record sales in excess of 70 million worldwide, UB40 remain one of the most successful bands of all time. Three of the original members have reunited, including the original vocalist Ali Campbell, who mesmerized audiences with his signature voice.

    DSTV were proud to come on board as media partner along with Heart 104.9FM as Cape Town radio partner, to bring fans the band's all time classics such as 'Red Red Wine', 'Kingston Town' and 'Can't Help Falling In Love', which are known and adored across the world and sound as fresh today as they did when they were first released.


  • Daily inspiration

    Posted on April 22, 2014 by Elsje Human


  • Wedding Trends

    Posted on April 22, 2014 by Simone de Wet

    Navy blue is one of the hottest wedding colors for 2014. Classy, classic and understated, it looks gorgeous with white, silver and even pink.

    Image courtesy of elegantweddinginvites.com


  • Simone and Nicholas' beautiful wedding video

    Posted on April 17, 2014 by Admin

    Mr & Mrs Rixon from Someday Films on Vimeo.

    We love this wedding video of Simone and Nicholas' Val de Vie wedding. Created by Someday Films, it captures the love and happiness of the day.


  • Val de Vie Estate welcomes Hope Through Action into our Hospitality Internship Programme

    Posted on April 17, 2014 by Admin

    Val de Vie Estate was thrilled to welcome seven young men from Mbekweni Hope Through Action into our Hospitality Internship Programme.

    Hosted by the Val de Vie Events team, the programme launched on 13 April 2014. The aim is to invest in the less fortunate youth of our valley and to share our knowledge with them. In doing so, we can help the candidates to access new career opportunities and to create renewed hope for their future.

    We believe that with the necessary training and practical experience, we can impart key business principals that will empower candidates to apply for positions within the industry. They will be motivated, confident and geared to improve their career prospects.

    Thousands of tourists visit the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley each year and the South African hospitality industry is growing at a steady pace, offering many potential areas of interest to the youth of our valley.

    To share in our excitement about this great programme, keep your eye on our blog and Facebook page for updates about their journey.

    We are so grateful to our sponsors who have made a valuable contribution to the initiative.

    Poloworld

    Poloworld designed the exclusive Val de Vie Polo Club Collection in collaboration with the estate. They are also the official Casablanca Polo agents in South Africa supplying Polo equipment to the Polo community." Please visit their online store at www.shop.poloworld.co.za.

    Courier Crew Shuttle Service

    We thank the Courier Crew Shuttle Service for sponsoring the Transport to and from the estate to ensure our Men from Mbekweni travel safely and timely during their Journey with us at Val de Vie Estate. Contact them at info@couriercrew.co.za.


  • Hope Through Action helps out at the Val de Vie Market

    Posted on April 17, 2014 by Admin

    Val de Vie hosted another successful Market on Sunday 13 April. Apart from the tempting stalls, family activities and music by Heinz Winckler, what made this market extra special was the participants from our Hope Through Action programme who helped out at the event.

    The aim of the initiative to invest in the less fortunate youth of our valley and to share our knowledge with them. In doing so, we can help the candidates to access new career opportunities and to create renewed hope for their future.

    We are so grateful to our sponsors, Poloworld and Courier Crew, for their valuable help.

    Poloworld

    Poloworld designed the exclusive Val de Vie Polo Club Collection in collaboration with the estate. They are also the official Casablanca Polo agents in South Africa supplying Polo equipment to the Polo community. Please visit their online store at www.shop.poloworld.co.za.

    Courier Crew

    We are also so grateful to Kobie Malan from Courier Crew and Shuttle Crew, who provided free transport for the guys. For more information about their services, call 021 872 8460 or visit their website.

    Here are some fun photos of the day, including shots from a popular photo booth for visitors to enjoy.


  • On trend with toile

    Posted on April 16, 2014 by Simone de Wet

    "Toile de Jouy" or "toile", is a beautiful type of decorating pattern consisting of a white or off-white background coupled with floral or country-inspired prints. Colours can range from blue, black to dark red. We love how it can be applied from stationery to cakes, creating an elegantly classic look.

    All images from Loverly


  • Top event trends for 2014

    Posted on April 15, 2014 by Simone de Wet

    Arthur Backal from New York-based event company Backal Management Group has some wonderful insights into the top event trends for 2014. The Val de Vie Events team has already been inspired by some of these trends and we can't wait to try them all.

    Food & Beverage

    Healthier Snacks for New Year’s Resolutions

    As people become more health aware, sweets and unhealthy snacks are far less popular at events. Granola bars, fruit and other healthy snacks are in. Guests feel better with healthier snacks such as nuts, energy bars or fruit.

    Mini-everything


    Mini desserts have been a popular option for a while, but the trend is extending to make all meals “mini.” The Backal team offers mini breakfast pastries and yogurt parfaits with breakfast. “People don’t want to feel like they’re missing out,” Backal said. “They want a bit of everything. We serve small portions of everything so you can get a little taste.”

    This plays into...

    Sampling rather than heavy buffets


    Heavy buffet dinners are limiting, Backal noted, and do not convey “fresh” or “local.” Instead, he recommends interactive stations with small plates to let guests sample a wide range of options. “Give people a little taste,” Backal said. “Have a variety.”

    Technology

    Registration via iPads for Check In

    Although paper registration is a comfortable fallback, it allows for a issues such as missing or misspelled names and having to reprint attendee lists. Electronic lists, on the other hand, are easy to update and can be transferred seamlessly between devices, making a planner’s job smoother during a hectic meeting.

    Which plays into...

    iPads instead of Pen and Paper

    Pen and paper are out. Today, companies provide their attendees with iPads to take important notes for the day, or install tablets in shared lounge spaces where guests can check email and take a quick break from the workday. “It helps the overall aesthetic and keeps things focused on what’s happening,” Backal said. “This is better for the environment, and it appeals to tech-savvy companies.”

    Set-up & Décor

    Creating the Atmosphere

    “Uplighting” is in and transforms a ballroom to a lounge, turning a function room into a party. Creative colors can pick up on company’s logos or client’s theme. “You can transform a space in an effective way,” Backal said, “and it can help with economics without going into over-the-top decor."

    Social Seating

    Generic classroom seating is out and can feel crowded and boring. Instead, consider interactive setups such as clusters, round circles or small tables.These alternative seating styles encourage interaction, mingling and a sense of inclusion.

    Content courtesy of internationalmeetingsreview.com


  • D'Ore glams up its store for the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters

    Posted on April 10, 2014 by Admin

    We love this in-store activation that D'Ore created for the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters. D'Ore offers luxury fashion brands such as Armani, Emilio Pucci and Escada, making it the perfect place to find beautiful items that are at the cutting edge of trends. Visit the D'Ore website for more information about this premium store.


  • The Veuve Clicqout Masters Polo 2014 in Get It Cape Town Magazine

    Posted on April 10, 2014 by Admin

    The April edition of Get It Cape Town Magazine has a fantastic overview of the annual Veuve Clicqout Masters Polo Cape Town, which was held at Val de Vie Estate in March. As the articles show, the event was attended by a host of glamorous celebs such as Locnville, Cindy Nell, Jen Su, Dion Chang, Christiaan Gabriël Du Toit and Jeannie Dee. What a stunning day!


  • Ryk Neethling chats to Radio Tygerberg about the Market at Val de Vie

    Posted on April 9, 2014 by Admin

    Ryk Neethling recently chatted to Radio Tygerberg about the Market at Val de Vie that's taking place this Sunday on 13 April 2014.

    It's going to be a day packed with fun things to do! Apart from delicious foods and beautiful goods that will be on sale, Heinz Winckler will be providing wonderful musical entertainment. 4x4 enthusiasts have the unique opportunity to test drive the latest range of Jeep models at Val de Vie's amazing new 4x4 trail. Either bring your 4x4 or book a test drive in the Jeep Wrangler. It's sure to be an exciting outdoor event! View the event details now.

    Click here t0 listen to the interview.


  • Val de Vie Estate's Hospitality Internship Program

    Posted on April 9, 2014 by Admin

    Val de Vie Estate is looking forward to welcoming seven young men from Mbekweni Hope Through Action into our Hospitality Internship Program.

    Hosted by the Val de Vie Events team, the program launches on 13 April 2014. The aim is to invest in the less fortunate youth of our valley and to share our knowledge with them. In doing so, we can help the candidates to access new career opportunities and to create renewed hope for their future.

    We believe that with the necessary training and practical experience, we can impart key business principals that will empower candidates to apply for positions within the industry. They will be motivated, confident and geared to improve their career prospects.

    Thousands of tourists visit the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley each year and the South African hospitality industry is growing at a steady pace, offering many potential areas of interest to the youth of our valley.

    To share in our excitement about this great program, keep your eye on our blog and Facebook page for updates about their journey.


  • Kara and Dirk tie the knot at Val de Vie

    Posted on April 8, 2014 by Admin

    A year ago Val de Vie formed part of The South African Wedding Show wedding competition, which is worth a dazzling R800 000. Hosted in association with Die Burger, the competition offers incredible prizes to make the perfect wedding day. This past weekend we were thrilled to celebrated with the winning couple, Kara and Dirk, who both looked amazing on special big day.

    Val de Vie Events wishes them all the best in their future together.


  • Experience the Val de Vie 4x4 Trail with Jeep this Sunday

    Posted on April 7, 2014 by Admin

    4x4 enthusiasts have the unique opportunity to test drive the latest range of Jeep models at Val de Vie's amazing new 4x4 trail. Either bring your 4x4 or book a test drive in the Jeep Wrangler. It's sure to be an exciting outdoor event! Interested? View the event details now.

    The Jeep® Wrangler has proven off-road capability. It's the original trailblazer, fortified with components that give you the freedom to Go Anywhere, Do Anything™. Whether your quest for adventure takes you over rocks, through water,3 or onto roads buried in fresh snow, Wrangler’s unmatched capability holds true for all who take the wheel. View Jeep's Brochure to find out more.

    The Market at Val de Vie will also be in full swing, so be sure to swing by and enjoy the fresh foods, beautiful goods and fun family activities.

    Book today by emailing jacques@rolagrp.co.za or call 021 840 1726.


  • Val de Vie Estate welcomes Perfect China and former President FW de Klerk

    Posted on April 3, 2014 by Admin

    Val de Vie Estate welcomed 250 delegates from Perfect China, numerous dignitaries and former President FW de Klerk for the opening of the spectacular new L'Huguenot cellar on Val de Vie. The original wine cellar and manor house dating back to 1783 was refurbished and expanded and opened at a formal ceremony on Monday night. Perfect Wines of SA, a partnership between Hein Koegelenberg of Leopard's Leap and La Motte and Perfect China purchased the wine cellar and 25ha wine farm in a landmark deal in 2013, which will see it become the focus of the huge wine export market to the far east. In 2013 Perfect China imported more than 3 million bottles of South African wine.

    Delegates enjoyed traditional South African entertainment, traditional Cape Wineland food and of course wines from the L'Huguenot cellar. Former President De Klerk welcomes the Chinese delegates and listed the achievements of South Africa since democracy and painted a positive picture about its future and assured the directors of Perfect China that their sizable investment are in good hands.

    Mr & Mrs Martin Venter & Hein Koegelenberg

    Hein Koegelenberg, Mr Woo Swee Lian, Andre Dempers, Richard Kennard, Mr Steven Hsu

    Ryk Neethling, Gesie van Deventer & Hein Koegelenberg

    Mr Hein Koegelenberg with Mr FW de Klerk and Mr & Mrs Alan Winde

    Mr Hein Koegelenberg, Mrs Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg, Mr & Mrs FW de Klerk toast

    Mr Hein Koegelenberg, Mrs Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg, Mr & Mrs FW de Klerk, Mr Woo Swee Lian




  • Experience the Val de Vie 4x4 Trail with Jeep

    Posted on April 3, 2014 by Admin

    4x4 enthusiasts have the unique opportunity to test drive the latest range of Jeep model at Val de Vie's amazing new 4x4 trail. Either bring your 4x4 or book a test drive in the Jeep Wrangler. It's sure to be an exciting outdoor event!

    The Market at Val de Vie will also be in full swing, so be sure to swing by and enjoy the fresh foods, beautiful goods and fun family activities.

    Book today by emailing jacques@rolagrp.co.za or call 021 840 1726.


  • The Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2014 caught on camera

    Posted on April 1, 2014 by Admin

    We love this video of the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2014 by KOLLIG TV, which beautifully sums up the glamour, luxury and excitement of this prestigious event.


  • Lezanne and Andre's wedding at Val de Vie

    Posted on March 31, 2014 by Admin

    Lezanne and Andre celebrated their wedding at Val de Vie and we are delighted to share some photos of their big day, taken by the talented Charl Smith. View more photos on Agape Studio's website.


  • Jen Su visits the 4th annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2014

    Posted on March 31, 2014 by Admin

    5FM and SABC 3 Hollywood reporter Jen Su attended the 4th annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2014 which was held at Val de Vie Estate. People Magazine has all the details about her experience of the event, from rubbing shoulders with celebs such as Roxy Louw, Jeannie D and Locnville to checking out the latest trends worn by the fashionable crowd. We look forward to seeing you again next year, Jen Su!


  • DSTV Presents The UB40 SA Tour Ft. Ali Campbell, Giving Fans More Than Just Music

    Posted on March 27, 2014 by Admin

    JOHANNESBURG VIP TICKETS SOLD OUT

    HEART 104.9 FM AND KAYA FM TO GIVEAWAY A SIGNED UB40 GUITAR TO THEIR BIGGEST UB40 FAN

    With just over a week to go until UB40, featuring the original voice of Ali Campbell, perform live in Cape Town and Johannesburg, concert goers have been warming up their vocal chords to sing along to the hit songs of the legendary group. VIP tickets in Johannesburg have officially sold out and only a few of Cape Town’s VIP tickets are left.

    The two shows will be hosted by popular personalities from radio media partners Heart 104.9 FM in Cape Town and Kaya FM 95.9 in Johannesburg, bringing their beat and flavour to the shows for fans to enjoy. Heart 104.9 FM will also be doing an outside broadcast at Val De Vie Estate, connecting fans directly to the concert experience. Not only will they have loads of great giveaways at the events, Heart 104.9 FM and Kaya FM 95.9 will also be giving away a signed limited edition UB40 guitar on air over the next week to one lucky fan from each city. Tune in to Heart 104.9 FM in Cape Town and Kaya FM 95.9 in Johannesburg to hear how you can stand a chance of winning this outstanding prize, along with tickets to the concert.

    The beautiful settings of Val De Vie Estate in Paarl and Emmarentia Dam in Joburg will be the perfect backdrops for what promises to be fun-filled concert experiences for the family. Both shows will feature a special appearance from the iconic Mango Groove along with Hot Water and Trenton & Free Radical in Cape Town, and Freshlyground and Michael Lowman in Joburg. Ali Campbell, the original voice of UB40, along with Astro and Mickey, will perform hit songs like ‘Red Red Wine’, ‘Kingston Town” and ‘I Got You, Babe’, which have made them a household name across the globe.

    Get your tickets now to one of the most talked about tours to hit South Africa in 2014 and be a part of UB40’s world tour.

    Please note: Picnic baskets with food and snacks are allowed into the venues but absolutely no liquids or drinks whatsoever.

    CAPE TOWN LINE-UP:

    UB40 ft Ali Campbell, Mango Groove, Hot Water, Trenton & the Free Radical

    Gates open: 15h30 in Cape Town and at 11h30 in Joburg
    Concert starts: 17h45 in Cape Town and 12h00 in Joburg
    Concert ends: 23h00 in Cape Town and 18h00 in Joburg
    Duration: 07hours 30 mins in Cape Town and 06 hours 30 mins in Joburg

    Tickets:  General Admission: R395 VIP: R1495

    Friday 4 April

    Cape Town: http://www.webtickets.co.za/event.aspx?itemid=409563846

    Follow UB40 SA Tour on Facebook for further announcements, and listen out to Heart 104.9 FM and Kaya FM 95.9. Keep an eye on their social pages and website for more information on the events.

    #UB40SA
    #DStvUB40

    LINKS

    https://www.facebook.com/UB40TourSouthAfrica
    https://www.youtube.com/weareseed1

    https://twitter.com/SeedExperiences
    http://www.1049.fm/

    http://www.facebook.com/Heart104.9FM

    http://www.youtube.com/user/HeartFM1049
    https://twitter.com/Heart1049FM

    UB40 links:

    http://ub40.org/
    https://www.facebook.com/WeAreUB40
    https://twitter.com/WeAreUB40


  • How Ryk Neethling became a businessman (and turned down R50m along the way)

    Posted on March 26, 2014 by Admin

    Bruce Whitfield talks to Olympic gold medallist Ryk Neethling about his journey from Olympic gold medallist and world record holder to prosperous property developer. Read the full interview below, or listen to it on Mattr.biz.

    “My father’s name is also ‘Ryk’. We’re a bunch of optimists,” jokes Olympic gold medallist turned property developer Ryk Neethling.

    Ryk Neethling wasn’t always “ryk” (literally meaning “rich” in Afrikaans). “It was never my ambition to become a professional swimmer. All I ever wanted was to go to the Olympics and, when I went to my first one, I wanted to win a medal. I dreamt of swimming and studying in America.”

    All that changed in 2004. Ryk was soon to become very, very “ryk” indeed.

    Neethling’s soul not for sale

    “It was going to be my last Olympics. I quit once already and 2004 was going to be my last shot.” Then, in three minutes and 13 seconds, he smashed the world record and everythingchanged. There was to be no quitting for Neethling.

    “I had nothing before that,” says Neethling. “I received $250 a month from four businessmen – that was the only support I had – so I had $1000 a month. I did it purely for the love of it and for myself. I put it all on the line and did it to the best of ability.”

    His best was more than enough. Agents and sponsors burst from the woodwork, yet Neethling was not dazzled by dollar signs. In 2005 he was offered R50-million to swim for Qatar, an offer he turned down.

    “I was at my peak and the South African flag on my swimsuit and on my cap made the difference between where I used to be and where I was,” says the patriotic Neethling. “I was never going to give that up.”

    Property in Neethling’s blood

    Property has always been in Neethling’s blood. He did a realtor certificate in Arizona and nowadays he’s a director and major shareholder at Valde Vie Estate, a big polo lifestyle estate just outside of Paarl.

    “It’s going really well at Val de Vie. Last year we had 130 sales and we’re pretty much sold out.”

    Neethling is also bottling his own wine under the Val de Vie label and recently did a huge export deal to China. “The wine business in South Africa is tough – there are so many big players – but it’s a very good wine and so far it’s worked for us.”

    In addition to real estate and wine Neethling also owns four swimming academies. “It’s a nice little business and it feels really good to give back. But, for me, it’s more about seeing a kid swimming a length for the first time than seeing one of my swimmers win a gold medal.”

    Neethling is Cameron van der Burgh’s commercial manager. “I get him sponsorships and I mentor him. I’ve been through it all, so I give him advice on how to act and where to go and what not to do. He makes me very nervous when he does things like face Dale Steyn at the Wanderers, but it’s mostly a pleasure to be his manager.”

    Western Cape increasingly attractive to upcountry buyers

    “You should see some of the homes that are selling here in Cape Town!” exclaims Neethling. “It’s astonishing. Our market can easily shake off rising interest rates, so we’re looking to develop quite a bit more land. Everything is working for us.

    “Here in the Western Cape we don’t have potholes and people are coming down here in droves. More than half our buyers come from Gauteng and we don’t foresee this changing.

    “It’s looking very good in the Western Cape; things work. It’s a recipe of good schools, it’s safe and in about four hours you can be in Sandton and you can do your business. I am very excited about our future.”


  • All that glitters: Add some sparkle to your wedding day

    Posted on March 24, 2014 by Elsje Human

    Just like a twinkling diamond ring, there's something so gorgeous about adding a dash of shine to your wedding decor. The Val de Vie Events team loves how glittering textures add a sense of glamour and fun at the same time. Just remember, the key to this look is subtlety: don't make every square inch sparkle, rather use shiny elements as accents.

    Sequins and Swarovski crystals make beautiful embellishments on dresses or accessories, while a glittered pair of heels looks absolutely magical. Jazz up table settings with these elements too, from the napkin rings and runners to the hems of tablecloths.

    Food can also get the sparkly treatments. Imagine marshmallows dipped in sugar crystals, or perhaps silver cupcake sprinkles. There are many ways to bring the look to life, so sparkle on!


  • Heinz Winckler is coming to the Market at Val de Vie!

    Posted on March 20, 2014 by Admin

    Join us on Sunday 13 April for another wonderful day of delicious food, beautiful wares, fun family activities and great entertainment. The Market at Val de Vie is always a wonderful day out and on Sunday 13 April is promises to be even better with Heinz Winckler's musical talent. We can't wait!


  • Mmm... we love mini cakes

    Posted on March 19, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

    These gorgeous mini cakes were created by the ever so talented Maggie from Edible Art for Simone and Nick's wedding on 8 March 2014.

    We think that the cakes make the perfect personalised thank you gift - they can be made in a multitude of colours and styles. Of course, they taste incredible too!


  • Here's to chic corporate cocktail parties

    Posted on March 14, 2014 by Elsje Human

    Daiquiris that delight, scenery that enchants, canapes that can't be resisted...  A chic cocktail function at Val de Vie is a great way to entertain clients and treat them to something truly unique. Sip on a delicious drink while watching an exciting polo match, or simply sit back and enjoy the beautiful views of the polo fields and vast mountains.

    Contact us at events@valdevie.co.za or 021 863 6100 for more information.


  • Lacy loveliness

    Posted on March 13, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

    There is no easier way to add a romantic touch to a wedding than with beautiful lace. Add lace detailing to your dress or veil, or perhaps don a pair of feminine lacy shoes. We love the idea of wrapping lace around jars as a pretty decor element. You could also tie lace around your bouquet, or wear a delicate headband.


  • A few of my favourite things

    Posted on March 12, 2014 by Elsje Oosthuizen


    "Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
    Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
    Brown paper packages tied up with strings
    These are a few of my favourite things!"

    We all know that catchy song from The Sound of Music, so here are a few of my favourite things: gardens weddings, a colourful burst of fresh flowers, beautiful trees and a romantic celebration that carries on late into the night.


  • The Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo Cape Town 2014 on video

    Posted on March 12, 2014 by Admin

    The Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo Cape Town 2014 was a great success, celebrating the finer things in life: polo, French Champagne, luxurious Bentley cars, high fashion and delectable food. This video showcases the event, we can't wait for next year!


  • Carnival Games brings fun for the kids this weekend

    Posted on March 12, 2014 by Admin

    There's so much fun for little ones at the upcoming Market at Val de Vie, which takes place this Sunday between 10am and 3pm.

    Carnival Games will be offering a range of exciting games and activities for kids to enjoy, such as bulls eye, ring toss, a spinning wheel and more! Be sure to bring the whole family along and be part of the fun.


  • Be bright and bold

    Posted on March 11, 2014 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Add a fresh, modern twist to a corporate event with this lively colour palette. Acid green, pink, yellow and aqua make a striking combination that will spruce up your decor in a flash.


  • Val de Vie Wines at the Cape Wine Auction

    Posted on March 11, 2014 by Admin

    The Cape Wine Auction is the South African wine industry’s annual charity wine auction. It's an opportunity to raise a significant charitable fund, as well as an anxiously awaited must-attend social event with an admirable raison détre. Guests can expects a gastronomic banquet celebrating all that is great about our wine industry. The Cape Wine Auction is an event to unite the industry around a common charitable initiative: a global branding opportunity for South African wine; a showcase; a memorable party.

    The Auction will be a glamorous lunchtime affair on March 15th 2014 held at the magnificent Delaire Graff Estate in Stellenbosch, during the most beautiful month of the year. Expect guests to be dressed beautifully in their best summer finery. Iconic South African winemakers and an A-list culinary team lead by Grandes Chef Margot Janse will mingle with guests during a day of indulgence and fun.

    Auction lots will focus on wine experiences. Special wines not available to the public, winery experiences and personal interactions with top chefs and winemakers in incredible locations.

    The Val de Vie Estate Lot

    Val de Vie boasts one of the most spectacular Polo fields in the southern hemisphere. Here polo enthusiasts from all over the globe gather to battle it out on the field, in the most glamorous and oldest of horse sports in the world. In addition to the world-class Polo facility, Val de Vie also boasts a state of the art wine cellar, and wine made by their resident Olympian, Ryk Neethling.

    Ryk Neethling is a world famous South African swimmer. He won an Olympic gold medal in the 4×100 m freestyle relay at the 2004 Summer Olympics. He is the former joint owner of the 4×100 m freestyle relay world record and holds several South African records.

    The bidder and seven guests will be treated to an incredible VIP wine and polo extravaganza at Val de Vie. Guests will start the polo experience with a Champagne breakfast at the beautiful Val de Vie Estate before learning the intricacies of the game from the resident professional Kevin Rixon. Guests will also have a chance to try out the game themselves under the tutelage of Kevin.

    Guests will then be treated to a VIP experience at the Veuve Cliquot Masters Polo for an afternoon of exhilarating equine sport. Polo is a true testament to man and beast working in harmony, and watching these brave horses and skilled players in a fast and dramatic game is always spectacular.

    After the Polo, guests will be taken to the newly built and very impressive wine cellar, where winemaker Harold Versfeld with take them through a vertical tasting of The Ryk Neethling and Shiraz. After this guests will have dinner in the wine cellar, hosted by Ryk and Harold, to end their exhilarating day at Val de Vie.

    The Lot Details

    • A private box for 8 people at Veuve Cliquot Masters Polo 2015 at Val de Vie
    • A Champagne breakfast
    • A polo tutorial with Kevin Rixon
    • A vertical tasting of the Ryk Neethling and Shiraz
    • A dinner with Ryk Neethling and Harold Versfeld

    Online bidding is now LIVE!

    Start the bidding early, place a bid for this lot by visiting The Cape Wine Auction Website.


  • Clair and Jason's wedding

    Posted on March 10, 2014 by Admin

    Clair and Jason celebrated their beautiful wedding on 21 December 2013 at Val de Vie Estate. We were delighted to have been a part of their big day, which was a relaxed and joyful occasion. Clair and Jason are a wonderful couple and we wish them much happiness in their life together.


  • Don't miss the Market at Val de Vie this weekend!

    Posted on March 10, 2014 by Admin

    This Sunday it's time for the Market at Val de Vie, which always promises to have fun for the whole family. Held on the Polo Pavilion’s terraces, the market showcases some of the region’s finest local produce. Visitors can discover lovingly crafted goods as they enjoy sunshine, smiles and a festive atmosphere.

    Irresistible foods, stands present a variety of delicious homemade fare, ranging from oysters, pies and gourmet delicacies to decadent sweet treats. There's no shortage of refreshment either, with seven drink stations selling wines, bubbly, local beers and fresh juices.

    Beautiful clothes, jewellery and homeware are also on sale, lovingly made by specially selected vendors from across the winelands. Apart from the all the tempting goods on offer, there's something for everyone at the market. Patrons are entertained by an exciting game of polo, chocolate and bubbly pairings by Pongracz and live music. Children are treated to a variety of fun activities with new surprises at every Market.

    If you'd like more information, please email events@valdevie.co.za.


  • JobVine interviews Ryk Neethling

    Posted on March 10, 2014 by Admin

    Val de Vie's Marketing Director Ryk Neethling recently spoke to JobVine about his Olympic achievements, business career and hopes for South Africa in the future. The interview highlights Ryk's passion for charity and how he hopes to inspire our youth to dream big and reach their goals.

    Click here to view the original interview.

    Inspiring a Nation: Ryk Neethling

    Take us back to how you felt when you felt representing South Africa in the Olympics?

    I went to four Olympics, so each Olympics for me was a different experience – my first Olympics I was eighteen years old – It was always my dream to be an Olympian, and I looked forward to it to finally happen, I really was a kid still, but a kid in a candy store, like Wow! Just an amazing experience. My second Olympics, had very high expectations and hopes I was ranked top 3 in the world in 3 events and there was a lot of pressure on me and I probably didn’t handle it that well. My third Olympics, I quit after my second Olympics, and my third one was going to be my Swan song and I wanted to do it for the right reasons, I didn’t want to end like I did in 2000 being disappointed. We obviously won a gold medal there so I have very fond memories in that one and then in the last one was probably just after my ‘past my sell buy date’ (laughs) you know you feel a little bit old and didn’t have a great experience so everyone is different, but all in all it was a great experience and I’m very proud in the way that I represented the country throughout my career.

    What were the biggest challenges in your swimming career, and how did you overcome them?

    I think you’re biggest challenges is to get faster so you have to push yourself consistently, as you improve the rest of the world is also improving so it’s how to balance your own goals with competing against other guys as well. To always keep on improving, it wasn’t a challenge for me but it is an important thing for anyone to never be satisfied with the status quo to see how they can always improve them. Motivation for me was never really an issue, it was probably in fact a drawback as I would over train cause I was so eager and I was never afraid to work too hard. So not too many challenges – obviously, coming from South Africa you’ve got funding issues and politics, not politics as far as a race, politics more within an organisation and people playing favourites.

    Being that swimming is not big focus in our country compared to other sports, what ideas or thoughts do you have in making swimming a prioritized sport in South Africa?

    I think the relative success in the last couple of years has really lifted the profile of the sport. I think we are always going to struggle – it’s never going to be one of the main sports and we got other problems in this country that is not going to go away soon so it won’t be a priority. But I think there’s ways to improve it and I think you have to use your competitive advantage and not manage the sport like we are America or Australia, we are South Africa and we need to almost be like the ‘guerrilla warfare’ we need to be smart and use our lack of size just like a business, make quick decisions and think out of the box.

    You are a mentor to a couple of the young swimming stars, what is the most valued lesson you’ve given to one of them?

    You’ll have to ask them that! I mean there are a couple of things obviously when one thing that relates to sport is just the pressure: only talk about yourself to the media, I deal a lot with how to deal with the media so don’t talk about other people, don’t give your opponents or other people any extra motivation. Focus on yourself and try to keep that pressure as low as possible – you know you don’t want to go making big statements and then the pressure is on you, it’s always better to be the underdog. I think the other one is – you always have to over-deliver especially when it comes to sponsors, and just to the public, just being good at something is not going to translate into financial success…you have to go that extra mile in order to build a fan base and sign autographs till the very last person and take pictures (you have to!)

    Who are your role models and why?

    I think my father is probably my biggest role model, I think the way that he was able to balance his priorities which was his family number one and also being a successful lawyer so that for me has been important. And there’s one or two sportsmen that translated their success on the sports field onto business like Francois Pienaar. There are not too many of those guys who translated and that were more successful than they were on the sports field. So I’ll say my dad and Francois Pienaar are two of the main ones.

    You have managed to make a successful transition from swimming to business, was pursuing business ventures always something of interest?

    Probably not when I was eighteen and nineteen years old. I had some ideas when I was younger, little businesses but I was very focused on my swimming and at my studies at the time I just wanted to get through school and university. But I think, as I got a bit older I started to get more interested in business, I don’t really come from a family of entrepreneurs or businessmen, you know my dad is a lawyer and most of the people of my family are lawyers my uncles and cousins, so it’s something that I’ve just kind of discovered and it’s something that I really enjoy.

    Having the role of Marketing Director as well as proud shareholder of Val De Vie Estate, what was important to you while building up the Val De Vie brand?

    I think first and foremost you have to have a passion for it and believe in it. I don’t know if this is your first time here? (Val de Vie Estate)…it’s beautiful, there’s a special feeling to it, in my opinion there’s a calmness about it – that’s why I like it. I like the people who I work with and I’ve kind of made the brand, also my own, I’ve really invested a lot in it, so the values have to be the same as I see a future for it so that’s why I’ve put so much time, effort and passion into it.

    Once again you have made South Africa proud with Val De Vie Estate winning an award for Best Single Unit Residential Development, how does it feel to have your property internationally recognized?

    It feels really good, we actually had one of the judges, the head judge of the panel here on Friday, he was just on holiday in South Africa and he came and was blown away. My challenge is always how to capture this view and this feeling on a brochure or even a video – it’s hard you know. When you come out here, it’s like ‘Wow – I didn’t know it was like this’. So it’s nice to be able to get a bit of recognition, as a competitive guy, I want to win the best in the world not just in Africa so I told him, I was like “I’m not going to stop until I get the best in the world”. People always ask me if I miss the swimming…not really because I’ve translated that competitive element into business.

    You are involved in quite a few projects, how do you cope with time management?

    I think one of the things that swimming really teaches you from an early age is how to manage your time. I learned very early on that if I have two-three hours a day to do all my homework that I can get it done – the times that I was sick or took a break from swimming, I had all day to do it and I wouldn’t get it done. So I operate very well under pressure. I have a lot on my plate at the moment; my balance in life is probably not the best. I enjoy taking on a lot of stuff and in my opinion everything that I do is focused on a goal. If it means that I have to work 18 hours a day, I’m not usually in the office for 18 hours but I’m always moving towards something – doing interviews, meeting people, always generating new business so it’s a constant thing for me.

    After that you have achieved in swimming, property development, charity work as well as establishing a swimming school; are there any other ventures that you would like to tap into in the near future?

    I think for me at the moment, there’s nothing really on the property development side, we’re expanding the Estate which is very exciting so I definitely want to focus on that. I definitely want to go back to university and go study some more so that is probably my biggest thing at the moment. How do I package all the things that I’m busy with now so that it gives me enough time to go back to university, that’s probably the biggest venture now and that I’m excited about.

    You have committed yourself to township projects such as “Hope Through Action” and given time working with young patients from Red Cross Children’s Hospital and Tygerburg Hospital – how important is it that those with a celebrity status give back in South Africa?

    I think it’s very important, for me it’s probably the best thing to be well-known, I hate the word ‘celebrity’ but to be able to make a difference I think this country gives you a very unique platform from where every single person can make a difference just by giving some of your time and be able to give some effort. I believe that you must be giving something back because life can change just like that, so you must take advantage of all your opportunities and also help those that are less fortunate – it’s very important.

    If you could envision one change in South Africa for the next generation, what would you hope it to be?

    There are a lot of talks at schools; I think it would be ‘to dream big’. We are capable to do amazing things here in South Africa, we shouldn’t stand back for anybody in the world, but also to realize that in order to do that takes an incredible amount of work and sacrifice. It doesn’t come easy, what we have at the moment came through years and years of hard work and I’m a bit concerned sometimes that maybe the people that look onto portals and they think they are just going to walk into a job and just my own story, the chances I’ve taken in my career and worked for nothing for long periods of time – I would do stuff for free just to get my foot into the door, I think that’s something that’s overlooked sometimes and that also failure – I think it’s alright to fail, you know if you’re not going to fail, you never know what you are capable of so don’t be afraid of failure; just make sure that you learn out of it and come back stronger and just know on the way to success there’s going to be more failures than successes. If you don’t fail, you are not trying hard enough.

    Ryk at the One Young World summit with Francois Pienaar, Borris Becker, Lucas Radebe, Ashwin Willemse and John Barns.

    Swimming is more than a sport, it's a lifeskill. A passion for the South african Youth inspired the founding of the Ryk Neethling Swimming Schools.

    Partnering with Hein Koegelenberg in the Chinese joint venture, Perfect Wines from South Africa.

    Ride with Sir Richard Branson


  • Acoustic Element will add musical magic to the Market at Val de Vie

    Posted on March 6, 2014 by Admin

    Local duo Acoustic Element will be providing awesome musical entertainment at the next Val de Vie Market on 16 March 2014.

    Cousins Callen Petersen and Jody Abel have combined their musical talents, boasting a diverse repertoire and the ability to adapt their genre to suit any desired style and taste.

    Since their relatively recent arrival on the Cape Town entertainment scene, Acoustic Element has performed alongside some of the City’s hottest performers, including Jimmy Nevis, Auriol Hays and Chad Saaiman.

    With their unique charisma and flair, Acoustic Element is sure to give an event that ‘something extra’ to make it an unforgettable experience! Be sure not to miss them at the market,


  • Tanya and Kasper's wedding

    Posted on March 5, 2014 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events Full Coordination was absolutely delighted to coordinate the wedding of Kasper and Tanya at the luxurious La Residence in Franschhoek. 30 guests attended the wedding, forming a very special and intimate celebration. Tanya looked radiant in a gown made by Kobus Dippenaar.

    The beauty and happiness of the day took our breath away - what a stunning couple they are! We wish them much love and happiness in their future together.

    View more photos on Rensche Mari's website, or watch the amazing wedding video below by Vision on Fire.

    Tanya & Kasper // La Residence from Ian Badenhorst on Vimeo.


  • Tanya Van Graan dazzles at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2014

    Posted on March 4, 2014 by Admin

    These photos of Tanya Van Graan capture how gorgeous she looked at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2014. We adore her modern yellow dress paired with nude heels and a chic up-do.


  • A light-hearted look at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2014

    Posted on March 4, 2014 by Admin

    The Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2014 was attended by a host of celebs, VIPS and fashionable folk. We love Skattie, what are you wearing?'s witty write-up of the event, which hilariously satirises all the small talk, shoulder rubbing and people watching.

    So lovely to have seen you there, Malibongwe!

    Image courtesy of Skattie, what are you wearing?


  • Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2014 Cape Town sets a new benchmark

    Posted on March 4, 2014 by Admin

    Synonymous with flutes of champagne and exquisite couture fashion, local and international guests of the fourth annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2014 attended this past Saturday, 01 March 2014, what has now become South Africa’s most exclusive polo and luxury lifestyle event on the annual social calendar. With notable VIP’s in attendance such as The Minister of Sport Fikile Mbalula, Tokyo Sexwale and world land-speed record holder Andy Green, along with local celebrities Cindy Nell, Jimmy Nevis, Tanya van Graan, international super model Katryn Kruger and fashion icons David Tlale, Malcolm Kluk and Christiaan Gabriel du Toit, guests enjoyed an afternoon of stylish décor, perfectly chilled Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label champagne and gourmet canapés.

    In keeping with tradition, Bentley was both Associate Sponsor and Official Vehicle Partner at this year’s Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2014 and hosted the world land speed record holder, Wing Commander Andy Green as their special guest in their VIP Lounge. Showcasing their flagship luxury performance automobile, the Bentley Mulsanne as well as their recently launched Bentley Flying Spur, it was the new Bentley GT Speed convertible parked side by side with two rare Bentley Blowers on the day which stole the show.

    Drawing inspiration from polo’s global presence, with its rich cultural heritage, the prestigious champagne house sponsors some of the world’s leading polo events such as the Manhattan Classic in New York City, the LA Polo Classic, the UK’s Gold Cup and the Veuve Clicquot Masters Cape Town, is the only event of its kind on the African continent and draws both local and international spectators in numbers.

    D’Oré, the Official Fashion Partner for the day, showcased some of the world’s top luxury fashion brands such as Emilio Pucci, Escada, Cavalli, Armani Collezione, Rupert Sanderson, Elie Tahari, Herve Leger and Vanessa G in a quintessential runway show.

    Global prestige Beauty Sponsor, Elizabeth Arden Inc. kept guests of the annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2014 beautified all day long. With Elizabeth Arden ‘Beautiful Colour’ touch-up stations and their team of expert makeup artists, guests were treated to a truly prestigious beauty experience. Committed to the concept of holistic beauty, Elizabeth Arden ensured everyone was beautiful from the inside out with a Prevage anti-oxidant bar on the day for guests to enjoy.

    Redkin and The Cutting Room provided expertly styled hair for the D'Ore models and key celebrity and VIP guests on the day.

    Official Time Keeper for the polo, Breitling for Bentley, showcased a timeless collection born from a cross between the grand art of British car making and the finest Swiss watch making traditions. Avouching a new art of living, Breitling for Bentley is the most trusted when it comes to their unique blend of elegance and performance, power and style, sportiness and refinement.

    More than any other sport, polo is best savoured live with all eyes fixed on the games of polo played on the day. With an added opening exhibition match, a first for the tournament and the final 8-goal tournament comprising of top local and international players, play was organised by HRH Prince Malik Ado-Ibrahim of Nigeria and saw the day’s nail biting finish with winning team Veuve Clicquot, captained by Johan du Plooy, narrowly beating team Nigus with a 6/5 victory.

    Watch out for more photos of the event on our blog!


  • Corporate events get chic at Val de Vie

    Posted on March 3, 2014 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Who says that corporate events are dull and dreary? Val de Vie can coordinate slick and stylish corporate events that have a real wow factor.

    Planning a year end function? Imagine sipping on exotic cocktails on our expansive terrace that overlooks the lush polo fields. For something more formal, we can create spectacular gala dinners with custom menus and dazzling decor.

    Contact us at events@valdevie.co.za or 021 863 6100 for more information.


  • Angela and Dino's wedding

    Posted on March 3, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

    Angela and Dino held their wedding at Val de Vie on 22 February 2014 and it was wonderful to host this special couple. They had a beautiful Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony which was very special to see.

    Something that we loved were the personalised paddle fans were created by Secret Diary Designs, which complemented the cream and gold colour scheme. Watch out for more photos from the big day.


  • Katie and Aidan's wedding

    Posted on February 27, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

    Katie & Aidan celebrated their wedding day at Val de Vie on a sunny Wednesday in December.

    Katie’s love for horses made Val de Vie her dream wedding venue. She has been show jumping since she was five years old.

    Although Katie was unfortunately not feeling well on the day, she was very brave and stepped out of her bridal villa looking breathtaking in her princess-style gown and dazzling gold shoes.

    The ceremony was made even more special with the presence of Katie’s two Horses, Corsica and Paris, who stood alongside the couple. Their manes were beautifully braided with fresh flowers.

    The horses provided quite a few funny moments when they realised that they could eat the flowers off each other’s hair! After the second batch of flowers and the Grooms keeping them apart for a while, all worked out well in the end

    Stunning décor and flowers was masterfully conceptualised by Nico Laubscher from Nconcepts & Designs.

    Here are some beautiful photos taken by the amazing Tracy Robertson Photography.


  • Sexy silver

    Posted on February 27, 2014 by Elsje Human

    Silver is often used as sparkly, feminine accent in decor schemes. In contrast, we love this sexy, grown-up interpretation of silver. It's all about heavy metals, deep greys and subtle shine.


  • Classic vintage glamour

    Posted on February 26, 2014 by Admin

    For the ultimate in sophistication, you can't top the glamour of a classic vintage theme. Pure crystal glasses, real French lace, perfectly tailored tuxedos and classic silhuoettes are just some of the things that create a send of occasion and timeless style.


  • Pop of colour

    Posted on February 25, 2014 by Admin

    We love the simplicity and elegance of a neutral colour palette, but it can be fun to jazz things up a bit. Add a cheerful pop of colour through bold accessories and decor items. It's a playful and quirky way to inject some fun into your style.


  • UB40 featuring Ali Campbell

    Posted on February 25, 2014 by Admin

    This statement serves to confirm that Seed Experiences is bringing the famous sound of UB40 to South Africa in April 2014.  The band will play on Friday 4 April 2014 at Val de Vie Estate in Paarl and on Saturday 5 April 2014 at Emmarentia Dam in Johannesburg.

    It is well known that the famous frontman and voice of UB40, lead singer Ali Campbell left the band in 2008 along with Micky Virtue. Additional band member, Astro (Terence Wilson), left in 2013.  In January 2014 these three members from the original band announced that they had reunited to perform live and to record new music under the name of UB40 and in the spirit of the original music.  This is the tour that is coming to South Africa and is officially billed as UB40 as per the contract with their leading and reputable global booking agent.

    Seed Experiences would also like to confirm that they are aware of another band in the UK, made up of the other remaining members, that still performs under the name of UB40. This band performs without the legendary voice of Ali Campbell, Astro or Micky Virtue.

    It has been brought to our attention that there is now a name dispute between the bands, which Seed Experiences is leaving the artists to settle directly and does not affect the SA Tour going ahead as planned.

    For additional information please contact Manuela de Deus at One-eyed Jack.
    Manuela@one-eyedjack.co.za
    +27 78 531 1291.


  • Happy house warmings

    Posted on February 24, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

    Moving house is always a big event, and a house warming is the perfect way to celebrate a new home. We love this housewarming invitation, which is made out of colourful paint swatches. It's the perfect way to invite family and friends to your new home.


  • The finest flavours: Catering for corporate events

    Posted on February 24, 2014 by Admin

    Tempting ingredients, mouthwatering recipes, sumptuous colours and textures... who can resist a feast of beautifully prepared food? The Polo Club Restaurant can cater for corporate functions, offering creative and delectable menus that are sure to satisfy any taste and appetite.

    Click here to read more about the Polo Club Restaurant, or to find out more about corporate functions please visit the events section on our website.


  • What are you wearing to the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters?

    Posted on February 24, 2014 by Admin

    It's the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters this Saturday at Val de Vie Estate and we can't wait! This prestigious event is synonymous with fashion, exciting polo action and enjoying the finer things in life.

    If you don't have tickets yet, you can buy them online at Computicket.

    Still planning your outfit? Here's some fabulous fashion inspiration.


  • Monique and Nick's wedding

    Posted on February 17, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

    Val de Vie Coordinator Nadia only met Monique and Nick shortly before their wedding, due to the couple living abroad. In spite of this, they all instantly clicked and it was a real pleasure to plan their big day for them.

    Their wedding day was very special and Monique took breaths away in her dazzling satin gown.

    Family and friends from all over the world witnessed the couple saying “I do” in an intimate outdoor ceremony. After this they celebrated with the newlyweds at the elegant reception in our French ballroom.

    Both Nick and Monique’s personalities were the inspiration for the décor, which portrayed their shared love for travel. The stationery was designed and made by the beautiful bride herself, including the polo-themed table names which had titles such as Chukka, High Goal and Ponies.

    It was an honour to be a part of this special couple’s day and we wish them only the best for their new life in Australia.


  • Happy Valentines Day from Val de Vie

    Posted on February 14, 2014 by Elsje Human

    We wish you a happy Valentines Day! May it it be filled with love, smiles and happiness.


  • Jani and Gerhard’s Wedding

    Posted on February 12, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

    Val de Vie Full Coordination had the privilege to be part of Jani and Gerhard’s Wedding day on 28 December 2013.

    The couple had been looking forward to their special day for a year and not even the rain in the morning could dampen their excitement.

    They pledged their vows in the spectacular Toringkerk in Paarl, together with family and friends who flew from far and wide to be there. Afterwards everyone made their way to the Val de Vie for pre-drinks, canapes and an action-packed polo game on the Champions Field.

    The couple opened the game by throwing in the Ball. Then it was time for family and couple photos to be taken.

    Not long after that, the reception followed in the French Ballroom. Guests feasted their eyes on a stunning four tier wedding cake made by Wade and a mouth-watering sugar station from Chic Sugar. Soundprint provided lively musical entertainment.

    So much detail and thought went into the theme, which Jani had dreamed of for a long time. It was all pulled together by the beautiful faded purple stationery from Secret Diary and the décor and flowers from NConcepts and Design.

    Once everyone had enjoyed a scrumptious starter, guests listened to several hilarious and very special speeches. After that it was time to savour main course, a mouth-watering lamb shank.

    The dance floor was opened in style with the couple dancing around their floor decal monogram. A beautiful shower of white and silver confetti fell over them.

    Much to everyone's delight, the sugar and dessert station was opened. Guests could indulge on an array of sweet treats and pack some into a box to enjoy later.

    It was an absolute honour to have known and worked with Jani & Gerhard and to be part of their special day. We wish them only the best for their future!

    Also a very big thank you to Mrs Greeff who planned with us and gave such valued input. You are all like family now

    Then this day could not have been possible without the amazing skills and talent of all the service providers; a very big thank you to all:


  • Chris and Sone's engagement shoot

    Posted on February 10, 2014 by Admin

    We are blown away by this gorgeous engagement shoot! Inecke Photography took these striking engagement photos of Chris and Sone. We love the urban setting that uses the buzz of Cape Town city life as a backdrop. Chris and Sone look fantastic together and we can't wait for the big day!

    View more images on Inecke's website.








  • The Olivelli fashion show extravanganza

    Posted on February 10, 2014 by Admin

    Olivelli is hosting their first fashion show extravanganza! Olivelli will showcase 50 wedding dresses, their bridesmaid range, their mother of the bride range and their evening wear range. Only A-grade models. They will also have something for the men – four A grade models in suits and styling by Rozanne from Moi Styling. The event is on 9 March at Val de Vie Estate with high tea and polo match included. After the event, all the brides will have the opportunity to fit the dresses of their choice.

    The best attraction to the event are the giveaways – they will give away:
    · A Wedding Dress
    · Bridesmaid dresses
    · Mother of the bride outfit
    · Jo-Ann Stokes photography will give away a couple shoot/boudoir shoot (www.joannstokes.com)
    · Kathleen Barry will give away 2 accessory prizes (https://www.facebook.com/barrykathleen)
    · The SA Wedding Show will give away tickets to the SA Wedding Show coming in June 2014 (https://www.facebook.com/thesaweddingshow)

    For every person that sells 10 tickets to the event, you will give a free ticket. Prizes can only be won if you are present at the event. Booking can be done at the Olivelli Cape Town store in Willowbridge or via email by emailing natasha@olivellicapetown.co.za.


  • Johann and Janine win an indulgent stay at Val de Vie

    Posted on February 6, 2014 by Admin

    Val de Vie Estate ran an exciting social media competition for all brides who celebrated their weddings at Val de Vie in the last two years. The winners were Johann and Janine Bensch, who tied the knot on 20 December 2012. The lucky couple and six of their friends received an indulgent stay at a Villa on the estate, along with a dinner experience courtesy of Val de Vie Events, The Polo Club Restaurant and Val de Vie Wines.

    The occasion started with the ladies being pampered by make-up artist Helga, while the guys enjoyed tasting Val de Vie’s award-winning wines at the estate’s tasting room.

    The guests were chauffeured in a vintage Rolls Royce to the Polo Club Restaurant, where a table had been specially styled by decor specialists N Concepts and Design and stationery experts Secret Diary Creative Concepts & Designs. Vinyl art by Supa Sign Paarl completed the decor.

    Guests enjoyed a delectable three-course dinner while sipping on Pongrácz. The meal concluded with guests being treated to delicate mini cakes by Edible Art Cakes. The experience will never be forgotten, having been beautifully captured on camera by Inecke Photography.

    To top it off, LEGACY LIFESTYLE gave 4000 Legacy Rands as well as a weekend stay in a luxury hotel for the couple to enjoy.

    What Johann and Janine thought of the experience:

    "For us to celebrate friendship and love at Val de Vie is always an exceptional experience. A lifestyle that feels like home, where we can relive the magic of our wedding day! Thank you Val de Vie & sponsors for our beautifully planned anniversary dinner! An atmosphere which cannot be described only to be enjoyed time and time again. See you soon!"
    - Johann & Janine Bensch


  • Don't miss the fourth annual Veuve Clicquot Master Polo 2014 Tournament

    Posted on February 6, 2014 by Admin


  • Sweet treats

    Posted on February 6, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

    These gorgeous desserts made by Vanilla House Patisserie inspire us to make something sweet for the special people in our lives.

    It's not long until the 14th... What you are doing for Valentine’s day?


  • UB40 coming to Val de Vie in April!

    Posted on February 1, 2014 by Admin

    With more than 50 hit singles and record sales in excess of 70 million worldwide, UB40 remain one of the most successful bands of all time. Three of the founding members have reunited, including the original vocalist Ali Campbell, who is set to mesmerize audiences with his signature voice of the pop-reggae genre. Seed Experiences is bringing UB40 back to South Africa in April 2014 to perform two exclusive live shows in Paarl outside Cape Town and Johannesburg, presented by DStv.

    The Cape Town show takes place on Friday 4 April 2014 at the Val de Vie Estate, Paarl.

    DSTV is proud to come on board as media partner along with Heart FM as Cape Town radio partner, and to bring fans the band’s all time classics such as ‘Red Red Wine’, ‘Kingston Town’ and ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’, which are known and adored across the world and sound as fresh today as they did when they were first released.

    One of the most commercially successful acts of all time in terms of record sales, chart positions and touring schedule, UB40’s simple formula of accessible reggae, catchy songs and electrifying live performances continues to draw massive crowds as they tour the world’s top venues in their fourth decade together.

    Tickets will be on sale for only R395 at Webtickets, click here to buy yours now!

    Also visit the tour's official Facebook page to keep up with the latest news.

    #UB40SA
    #DStvMusic


  • Val de Vie: The ultimate venue for corporate events

    Posted on January 29, 2014 by Admin

    Val de Vie is an exceptional venue for corporate functions, gala dinners and conferences.

    We understand that each event should offer the best possible experience for your clients or colleagues, which is why each corporate event is planned according to your unique needs.

    Our elegant ballroom, a truly luxurious venue, can comfortably accommodate 300 people for a seated dinner.

    From planning to execution, our onsite coordination team can assist with all arrangements, ensuring that your corporate event will turn out exactly how you want.

    To find out more, please contact Events@valdevie.co.za or visit our Corporate Events page.


  • Read all about the Western Province Triathlon Champs

    Posted on January 27, 2014 by Admin


  • Celebrating the success of the Western Province Triathlon Championships

    Posted on January 24, 2014 by Admin

    Val de Vie recently hosted the Western Province Triathlon Championships and the day proved to be a great success, enjoyed by athletes and spectators alike.

    Chris Hitchcock has written a fantastic article about the event that includes some wonderful feedback about Val de Vie:

    "The Val de Vie Estate in Paarl is simply stunning, with manicured lawns, perfect water quality and a secure environment for spectators and family. Val de Vie threw its doors wide, gave the athletes a huge welcoming smile and made a lot of friends."

    We were thrilled to be part of the Western Province Triathlon Championships and congratulate all who took part.

    Read the full article on Do it Now.


  • Picture perfect

    Posted on January 24, 2014 by Varety Da Silva

    Val de Vie is a unique setting as a photographic venue, offering a variety of locations within the estate. With its breathtaking scenery, Val de Vie has been featured in several publications including Private Edition and high profile campaigns for brands such as BMW.

    View some of the photo shoots that have taken place at the estate.


  • Life is peachy

    Posted on January 24, 2014 by Elsje Human

    Soft shades of peach make a deliciously beautiful and romantic decor scheme. Peach is warm and inviting, creating a welcoming ambience and a warm glow. It's stunning paired with rich creams, whites and even touches of green.


  • The Olivelli fashion show extravanganza is coming to Val de Vie!

    Posted on January 23, 2014 by Admin

    Olivelli is hosting their first fashion show extravanganza! Olivelli will showcase 50 wedding dresses, their bridesmaid range, their mother of the bride range and their evening wear range. Only A-grade models. They will also have something for the men – four A grade models in suits and styling by Rozanne from Moi Styling. The event is on 9 March at Val de Vie Estate with high tea and polo match included. After the event, all the brides will have the opportunity to fit the dresses of their choice.

    The best attraction to the event are the giveaways – they will give away:
    · A Wedding Dress
    · Bridesmaid dresses
    · Mother of the bride outfit
    · Jo-Ann Stokes photography will give away a couple shoot/boudoir shoot (www.joannstokes.com)
    · Kathleen Barry will give away 2 accessory prizes (https://www.facebook.com/barrykathleen)
    · The SA Wedding Show will give away tickets to the SA Wedding Show coming in June 2014 (https://www.facebook.com/thesaweddingshow)

    For every person that sells 10 tickets to the event, you will give a free ticket. Prizes can only be won if you are present at the event. Booking can be done at the Olivelli Cape Town store in Willowbridge or via email by emailing natasha@olivellicapetown.co.za.


  • Richard and Shardae's Wedding

    Posted on January 23, 2014 by Admin

    We are absolutely in awe of these beautiful photographs of Richard and Shardae's wedding. Taken by Ryan Graham, they illustrate what a joyful and magnificent day it was. By Appointment Coordination, our on and offsite coordination service, was honoured to have planned the occasion.

    View more photos on Ryan Graham's website: Part I | Part II


  • Ladies: Don't miss the Eve's Journey Event on 9 February 2014

    Posted on January 22, 2014 by Admin


  • Sunday Pony Rides at the Polo Club Restaurant

    Posted on January 21, 2014 by Admin

    Treat your little ones to fun pony rides  every Sunday at the Polo Club Restaurant. Visit between 11:00 – 16:00 and let them enjoy a ride on one of our friendly ponies.


  • Luxury Winter Wedding Special!

    Posted on January 21, 2014 by Admin

    Don’t miss out on this BESPOKE winelands winter wedding offer, book your winter dream day now and enjoy being driven around in a Vintage Rolls Royce on your big day.

    Also take advantage of a complimentary wedding consultation with one of our coordinating experts to make the planning a memorable experience.

    Contact us: events@valdevie.co.za


  • The 2014 WP Triathlon Champs

    Posted on January 20, 2014 by Admin

    The 2014 WP Triathlon Champs were held at Val de Vie yesterday and the event was a great success. Athletes were treated to perfect Summer weather and beautiful scenery as they completed the race.

    View more photos on Chris Hitchcock's Facebook page.






  • Pilates at Val de Vie

    Posted on January 17, 2014 by Admin

    Photographer Nadine Aucamp recently took some fantastic photos of a sunsrise Pilates class at the Val de Vie Health Club. The classes are an excellent way to tone up and develop core strength, be sure to visit our website to find out more about signing up.

    View more photos on Nadine's website.









  • Fran and James' Wedding

    Posted on January 16, 2014 by Admin

    Fran and James held their beautiful wedding at Val de Vie. As these gorgeous images show, the day was all about love, happiness and celebrating the special connection that the couple share. It was truly our pleasure to host their big day and we wish them all the best for their future together.

    Visit Inecke Photography's website to view more photos.














  • Yolande and Anton's wedding

    Posted on January 15, 2014 by Admin

    Yolande and Anton celebrated their special day at Val de Vie on 30 November 2013 and it was our absolute pleasure to be part of their wedding. The bride's Irish heritage gave the day an Irish twist, with beautiful bursts of green adding to the decor scheme.

    Inecke Photography captured the day to perfection in these photos, be sure to visit their website to view more.









  • A sneak preview of Fran and James' wedding shoot

    Posted on January 15, 2014 by Admin

    Inecke Photography has done it again with some stunning photos of Fran and James' wedding shoot at Val de Vie. These are just a sneak preview and we can't wait to see the rest!


  • It's time for tea at the Polo Club Restaurant

    Posted on January 15, 2014 by Admin


  • Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2014

    Posted on January 13, 2014 by Admin

    It's nearly that time of year for the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2014! Synonymous with flutes of champagne and exquisite couture fashion, guests of the fourth annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2014 are set to attend what has now become South Africa’s most exclusive and luxury polo event on the Western Cape’s social calendar on Saturday, 01 March 2014.

    Drawing inspiration from polo’s global presence, with its rich cultural heritage, the prestigious Champagne House sponsors some of the world’s leading polo events such as the Manhattan Classic in New York City, the LA Polo Classic, the UK’s Gold Cup and the Veuve Clicquot Masters Cape Town, the only event of its kind on the African continent.

    VIP guests of Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2014 tournament can look forward to an afternoon of stylish décor opulence, perfectly chilled Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label champagne, gourmet canapés, lavish couture fashion and a highly anticipated action packed finale of polo.

    More than any other sport, polo is best savoured live – a theme steeped in tradition and perpetuated by Veuve Clicquot.

    Tickets are available on Computicket, click here to buy yours!

    SAVE THE DATE DIARY DETAILS:

    Event: Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo Cape Town 2014
    Date: Saturday, 1 March 2014
    Venue: Val de Vie Estate, Jan van Riebeeck Road, Paarl 7646


  • Demand outstrips supply at popular Val de Vie Estate

    Posted on January 13, 2014 by Admin

    VAL DE Vie Estate is all but sold out, with only 25 of the 540 plots still available and a total of 228 homes now completed.

    MAIN MEN: At the Val de Vie polo fields and the steps to the clubhouse, Deon Basson (managing director, REDi), Sarel Rossouw (group financial director, Val de Vie), Ryk Neethling ( marketing director, Val de Vie) and Stephen Stiekema (operations director, REDi).

    However, there is still much to be done on the property and expansion plans or improvements will continue as it evolves, says Val de Vie marketing director Ryk Neethling.

    “Essentially, the project is sold out, and there are only 20 resale plots on the market at present. But demand is exceeding supply and this is gaining momentum, so we might have to look at expanding our borders at some point,” he says.

    “The past year has been very successful. In August, the wine cellar and wine farm were sold to a Chinese consortium, which was very well received by management and residents.
    One of the homes on the estate won an award at the International Property Awards for the best singleunit development in Africa.”

    Last year a total of 130 properties worth just more than R200 million were sold, which included developer plots, houses and resales. Neethling estimates that the value of property here has increased steadily and by 50 percent in the last year on the development plots.

    “In the last three months of 2013 alone, there were 17 developer plots sold, a vast improvement on previous years.

    In addition, there has been much construction activity, with 80 to 90 homes being built at a time over the past nine months – and this is continuing, judging by approved building plans.”

    There are also plans to build a boutique hotel and private offices to complement what is already there.

    Nestled between Paarl and Franschhoek, this is one of the few idyllic places where estate management and developers have carefully thought through what it is that they are striving to create and maintain and what residents have bought into, says Deon Basson, managing director of REDi (Real Estate Development Interactive), whose systems have been implemented to assist with the complete management of the estate, from initial sales to dayto-day operations and communications. “This is predominantly a ‘young’ estate, where most residents are about 40 to 45, many with children under 10,” says Neethling. “In our favour is being close to many good schools, such as Paarl Gimnasium, Bridge House and Paarl Girls and Boys schools, to name a few.”

    Apart from co- ordinating the construction of all the homes in various stages of the building process, management of this 220ha estate is a huge operation.

    Facilities on the estate include 12ha of lakes, which are used for irrigation; the security system, which has thermal camera coverage (43 cameras in all) of the 8km perimeter fence as well as day and night visual coverage; the storage units on the estate that have to be managed; the sewage plant that was built specifically for this estate; as well as roads and landscaping, polo fields and stables.

    REDi’s SiMS (sales information management system) has been implemented to manage, administer and track all sales on the estate, from contract through to transfer of title and, according to Neethling, Val de Vie is finding the use of the interactive sales map an important sales tool.

    “The REDi community portal (estate management system) has also been put in place to assist with accurate reporting and real-time communication between residents and estate management.

    “With 900 residents on the estate, the community portal, which can be accessed via any web- enabled device, is an ideal way for everyone to communicate, share community services and access up-to-date information,” says Basson.

    “All the shareholders who live on the estate and management are working hard to create a fully integrated lifestyle (property), where residents will feel safe and secure and can rest assured that their investments will grow exponentially in the future due to good management,” says Neethling.

    Call Ryk Neethling on 021 863 6100 or email Ryk.Neethling@ valdevie.co.za.
    For information on REDi’s services call Deon Basson on 021 702 2302 or email deon@red-i.co.za

    Article from The Cape Argus


  • Two beautiful weddings captured on film

    Posted on January 13, 2014 by Admin

    have treated us with two fabulous videos of wedding held at Val de Vie Estate. It's wonderful to relive the moments from these special days, which we are thrilled to have been a part of.

    The first is of Yolande and Anton, who tied the knot on 30 November 2013:

    Yolande & Anton love story from Boy Meets Girl Wedding Cinema on Vimeo.

    Then there is the lovely video of Fran and James, who celebrated their big day on 6 December 2013:

    Fran & James love story from Boy Meets Girl Wedding Cinema on Vimeo.


  • Richard and Shardae's wedding

    Posted on January 13, 2014 by Admin

    Richard and Shardae held their wedding at Val de Vie and these incredible images by Ryan Graham offer a glimpse into this beautiful celebration. Watch out for more stunning photos!


  • Marcus and Sharrol's wedding

    Posted on January 13, 2014 by Admin

    Marcus and Sharrol celebrated their gorgeous wedding at Val de Vie Estate on 23 November 2013. The celebration was a truly beautiful day to behold, with splashes of colour from bright blooms, perfect sunny weather and smiles all round. We were so delighted to coordinate the wedding of this special couple and we wish them all the best for the future!

    To view more photos, visit Nikki Meyer's website.


  • Natural beauty

    Posted on January 13, 2014 by Elsje Human

    Ralph Waldo Emerson once said that the "earth laughs in flowers." Indeed, the beauty of fresh blooms is sometimes all you need to create a gorgeous decor scheme for your wedding. Forget shiny embellishments, trinkets and busy details: this style is all about celebrating nature and its rich palette of colours.


  • Classic romance

    Posted on January 13, 2014 by Elsje Human

    Rose gold, red lipstick, french lace and luxurious shades of white and cream... what's not to love about this elegant look? Convey a sense of romance that's all about being chic and sophisticated, with just the right amount of sparkle.


  • Festive feelings

    Posted on December 19, 2013 by Elsje Human

    It's the festive season and the perfect time to add some cheer to your home. Not keen on tinsel and showy baubles? We love this simple, minimalist ideas that create a sense of colour in a beautifully understated way.


  • Cool blues and soft greys

    Posted on December 17, 2013 by Simone de Wet

    Soft shades of grey and blue make a dreamy, romantic combination for an elegant event. This cool palette is ideal for a warm Summer wedding. Want to add some glamour? Add touches of silver and crystal as sparkly accents.


  • Pure romance

    Posted on December 13, 2013 by Simone de Wet

    The warm, long Summer days can't help but us into a romantic mood. This moodboard captures all the things speak of romance: decadent treats, soft shades of pink, antique lace and a bit of sparkle.


  • The Bottomless Coffee Band at the Val de Vie Market

    Posted on December 13, 2013 by Admin

    Bottomless Coffee Band - Morning Coffee from Boy Meets Girl Wedding Cinema on Vimeo.

    Here's a clip of the Bottomless Coffee Band playing at the Val de Vie Market. This talented two-piece band combines several instruments and vocal in a medley of genres such as acoustic folk-rock, afro-blues and jazz. Be sure to check them out at our next market!


  • A big thank you to our service providers!

    Posted on December 13, 2013 by Admin


  • Val de Vie hosts a lavish polo event

    Posted on December 11, 2013 by Admin

    Val de Vie Estate was proud to be one of the venues for an exclusive event organised by Mamemo Productions and Event Concepts.

    After a dazzling cocktail event in Cape Town, guests attended an International Polo Event and gala dinner at Val de Vie Estate. Our home team played against an international team featuring top Emirati polo players. The guests witnessed the exhilarating polo actions while enjoying our award-winning wines and delectable canapés.

    After a prize giving, guests were treated to a sumptuous dinner in the ball room, which was beautifully adorned with shades of silver, crisp whites and striking royal blue.







  • Congratulations to Johann and Janine!

    Posted on December 11, 2013 by Admin

    A big congratulations to Johann and Janine for winning our Life Worth Loving Celebration Competition! They received more than a 1000 Likes on Facebook and will enjoy an enviable Val de Vie experience worth more than R50 000.


  • The Olivelli Fashion Show Extravaganza

    Posted on December 11, 2013 by Admin


  • In remembrance of Nelson Mandela

    Posted on December 6, 2013 by Admin

    We are deeply saddened by the death of Nelson Mandela, a true visionary and leader who  made his life a gift to us all. His wisdom, compassion and legacy will always live in our hearts and minds.


  • Franschhoek Festivities in 2014

    Posted on December 4, 2013 by Admin

    There's always something to do in the Franschhoek Valley, from wine tasting and fine dining to site seeing and discovering local artists. Numerous festivals take place throughout the year, celebrating all the wonderful things that this famous region has to offer. Here are some of the ones that we are really looking forward to:

    Franschhoek Summer Wines
    8 February 2014

    Franschhoek Winter Sculpture Fair (Johannesburg)
    10 - 11 May 2014

    Franschhoek Literary Festival
    16 - 18 May 2014

    Cook Franschhoek
    13 - 15 June 2014

    Franschhoek Winter Wines
    21 June 2014

    Franschhoek Bastille Festival
    12 - 13 July 2014

    Franschhoek Uncorked
    27 September 2014

    Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival
    29 - 30 November 2014

    Image courtesy of Franschhoek.org.za


  • Kurt Darren launches his new wine, the Kaptein Red Blend

    Posted on December 3, 2013 by Admin

    The South African musician Kurt Darren announced the official release of his new wine “Kaptein Red Blend” this weekend on the 1st of December at Val de Vie Estate in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley.  A select few of Kurt Darren’s close friends, music partners as well as media guests were invited to enjoy a wine tasting at the Val de Vie Polo Club Restaurant. Pasella filmed the processions of the day that included a polo lesson and  private brunch with Kurt who revealed the concept behind his new venture and his love for the Cape winelands.

    The Rhone blend is a delightful combination of Mourvedre, Shiraz, Grenache, Carignan and Cinsaut - made for Kurt Darren by the Val de Vie Estate winemaker, Harold Versfeld.  A burst of red fruit, red berries, strawberries and cherries with nuances of well integrated oak makes for an easy drinking and sociable wine. According to Darren, his love for quality wine has accompanied many inspired moments that birthed the lyrics of his well-known songs. The Kaptein Red Blend is a celebration of the success of the star’s 19-year career in the South African music industry, “Wine is a bottle full of lyrics waiting for just the right melody”.

    Now available in all Shoprite Checkers Stores and online from the Val de Vie Estate Wine Shop: www.valdevie.co.za/buynow



    Photos courtesy of Piet van Wyk - Darkroom Photography darkroom62@gmail.com


  • BlackBerry Pink Polo captured on film

    Posted on December 3, 2013 by Admin

    BlackBerry Pink Polo SA Event at Val de Vie Estate from Boy Meets Girl Wedding Cinema on Vimeo.

    Our annual BlackBerry Pink Polo Event has been beautifully captured by Boy Meets Girl Wedding Cinema. Enjoy the video!


  • In the spirit of celebration with Pongrácz

    Posted on November 29, 2013 by Admin

    What a treat! All new brides who book Val de Vie as their venue receive a complimentary chocolate and Pongrácz tasting at the estate.


  • The Val de Vie MTB Challenge

    Posted on November 26, 2013 by Admin

    Here are a few shots from the Val de Vie MTB Challenge, which was held at the Estate this past weekend. The event was a great success and offered participants a beautiful and thrilling race in the countryside.

    Conrad Stolz, 4x World Champion Triathlete won the 60km race and pro rider Hanco Kachelhoffer from Gauteng came second.

    A highlight on the mountain-bike calendar

    After a successful inaugural year in 2012, which attracted almost 1000 riders, the EAI Val de Vie Mountain Bike Challenge is back and this time it was bigger. This year the popular event boasted various route improvements and interesting added features including a trip past the house where Nelson Mandela was held captive in the Drakenstein prison. Presented by Bestmed, the event took place on Sunday 24th November 2013 at Val de Vie, Cape Town.

    “The Val de Vie MTB Challenge was a great success last year and we wanted to make sure that this year would be better, and it was. We had cyclists from all over the country, those that took part last year and new cyclists. Not only did the venue contribute to the event’s success but the improvements of the routes too. The highlight of the route was where cyclists rode through the Drakenstein prison to the Mandela Statue, where a photographer was on hand to capture the special moment.” says Wynand de Villiers, the event organiser.

    “The EAI Val De Vie MTB Challenge became a highlight on the mountain-bike calendar immediately after the inaugural event last year and we are very proud to be associated with this event. Through this event we want to show how committed we are to our pillars of wellness – Be Active, Be Safe, Be Nutri-Wise and Be Happy. Our pillars encourage people to live a healthy life. Mountain Biking is fun, keeps your body fit and healthy. It is a fun sport the whole family can take part in,” says Sasja la Grange, Bestmed’s Corporate Communications Manager

    The Route
    The Val de Vie, situated between Paarl and Franschoek in the picturesque Boland winelands, caters for the entire family and allows cyclists to experience the Paarl wine valley in all its glory. With a route that is second to none and the best water points you’ll find anywhere in the sport, it’s little wonder that the EAI Val de Vie Mountain Bike Challenge also attracted almost 1000 riders this year. The riders followed a route over 21 wine farms and estates and had access to properties that they won’t be able to see at other times of the year. The race routes comprised of a 5km kiddies race, 30km route and 60km route.

    According to de Villiers, the 30km route was an exciting event that incorporated some of the best trails the area has to offer. Special features and water points brought out tons of fun. Cycling through vineyards, the riders experienced breath-taking views and negotiated features that add up to a sense of accomplishment and fun. “The 60km was more challenging but it was worth every drop of the sweat. We ensured that, besides the challenge, there were amazing views, fun at the water points and special features like wine tasting at water points, grape stomping and cycling past the famous polo stables at Val De Vie, along the banks of the main field and restaurant among other things. The little ones took their bikes on a fun-filled adventure ride within the secure Val De Vie estate. They rode through vineyards and past stables; gladiator castles, clowns, vibey water points and cartoon characters cheered them on. At the end of the race they received a finisher’s medal,” adds de Villers

    Among others who enjoyed the event, Ryk Neethling, SA's Olympic gold medallist swimmer, who attended the event as part of Val De Vie, comments, “The Val De Vie is a very beautiful venue for an event like this. The routes, with breath taking views incorporated history and beauty. I am proud of the race and look forward to see it grow year on year.”

    Healthy lifestyle
    Bestmed believes that through taking part in such sports, individuals can keep fit and remain healthy in order to prevent sickness. “We encourage people to continuously take preventative healthcare measures and taking part in sport is one of those measures. We have a country with beautiful landscapes which accommodate these events and everyone should be able to take part,” concludes la Grange.

    Simply Unforgettable
    The race was aimed at providing fun and an exciting tour of the area. Every aspect was planned to add up to a social, fun-filled day: the routes, water points, and entertainment. Riders also had a chance to get their bikes washed at the Bike Wash Facility and all the proceeds from this exercise were donated to the Cancer Association of South Africa along with R10 of every entry.




  • Yolande and Anton's Engagement Shoot

    Posted on November 21, 2013 by Admin


    Yolande and Anton are getting married at Val de Vie next Saturday and we can't wait for the special day to arrive!

    Inecke Photography are the talent behind their beautiful engagement shoot, which was held at Tea under the trees in Paarl. View more photographs on Inecke's website.


  • Life worth Loving Celebration Competition

    Posted on November 20, 2013 by Admin

    To celebrate the fifth anniversary of Val de Vie Events, we will be hosting a competition where one of these lovely couples who celebrated their wedding day at Val de Vie, will be able to win an unforgettable experience for 8 guests at Val de Vie Estate worth more than R50 000.

    The couple to receive the most LIKES will WIN.

    The prize will include a night stay in a luxury Villa on the estate, driven by the Val de Vie Rolls Royce and Mercedes, as well as a private styled dinner by The Polo Club Restaurant and award winning Val de Vie Wines.

    Thank you to The Polo Club Restaurant, Secret Diary Creative Concepts & Designs, N Concepts and Design, Inecke Photography, Pongrácz, LEGACY LIFESTYLE, Edible Art Cakes, Val de Vie Wines, Villa Inze and many others.

    Visit our Facebook Page to cast your vote!


  • More great shots from the Val de Vie Outdoor Challenge

    Posted on November 19, 2013 by Admin













































  • The Val De Vie Outdoor Challenge

    Posted on November 18, 2013 by Admin

    The Val De Vie Outdoor Challenge was held on Sunday 17 November 2013 and we're thrilled to see how much fun was had by all. The event included a 5km fun run, two trail runs and an open water swim, as well as the ever popular Market at Val de Vie. Congratulations to everyone who took part!

    View more awesome photos on Chris Hitchcock's Facebook Page.


  • Join us for a Sunday of fun

    Posted on November 14, 2013 by Admin

    Looking for something fun to do this Sunday? The action-packed Val de Vie Fun Run and  Outdoor Challenge will be taking place at Val de Vie Estate. Our popular Market will also be in full swing, offering a variety of delectable foods, fun activities and gorgeous crafted goods.

    There's still time to enter, so don't delay! We look forward to seeing you for a beautiful fun-filled day in the countryside.

    Cross Country | Fun Run | Open Water Swim - ENTRIES OPEN


  • Out and about with Jen Su at BlackBerry Pink Polo

    Posted on November 13, 2013 by Admin

    People Magazine recently showcased Jen Su's visit to our BlackBerry Pink Polo event. A host of celebs made an appearance to enjoy an afternoon of fun, fashion and fast-paced polo.  Click here to download the full article.


  • In the lime light

    Posted on November 8, 2013 by Varety Da Silva

    A glamorous photoshoot can make anyone look and feel like a princess. We are always dazzled by the amazing talent of the various  photographers who showcase the weddings that we host. It's nearly time for the weekend, so get snap happy and capture those special moments.


  • The Carrol Boyes Charity Open Day

    Posted on November 8, 2013 by Admin


  • More Movember magic

    Posted on November 7, 2013 by Nadia Valentyn

    Are you planning to entertain this weekend? Get into the spirit of Movember with cute moustache decorations and accessories. It's a fun and playful way to take note of this worthy cause!


  • The AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction

    Posted on November 7, 2013 by Admin

    The AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction was launched on Friday, 25 October at Le Quartier Francais in Franshhoek. At precisely the same hour in eight of the world’s most iconic wine-loving locations: Sao Paolo, Seattle, Zurich, Franschhoek, Mauritius, Hong Kong, Manila and Sydney corks popped to toast a dazzling Champagne brunch, Seattle held a stylish lunch in Sao Paolo, in Hong Kong, Manila and Sydney a glittering cocktail after-party.

    The AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction to be held in March 2014 is modeled on the famous Napa Valley event of the same classification and is planned to be the most significant international wine-charity auction South Africa has ever conceived. The Auction will be a top-drawer three-day affair that celebrates – on a global stage – all that is great about South Africa’s vinous offering, while uniting the industry around a common philanthropic goal. The Cape Wine Auction is sponsored by AfrAsia Bank, winner of Euromoney’s Best Local Private Bank Award for three consecutive years,

    The three-day agenda for the Auction opens on the night of 13 March 2014 with a ‘Bring-a-Magnum’ party hosted by one of South Africa’s most prestigious Franschhoek properties. Multiple high-end Winelands events follow on the Friday, including a stylish ‘Barrel Auction’ hosted by beautiful Waterford Estate. The three day event culminates in the stylish luncheon and Auction on Saturday, 15 March – a celebratory tour de force of wine and culinary elegance hosted by the country’s top winemakers and a culinary team lead by Grande Chef Margot Janse of Le Quartier Francais fame.

    Sharing Nelson Mandela’s belief that “Education is the most powerful weapon which can be used to change the world”, the AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction is invested in uplifting local South African winelands children through education. The charities aligned with the Auction are The Pebbles Project (www.pebblesproject.co.za), whose purpose it is to enrich the lives of children from disadvantaged backgrounds with special educational needs, and MAD CHARITY™(Make A Difference) (www.madcharity.org), which strives to give academically talented but economically disadvantaged young South Africans an opportunity to reach their full potential as the leaders and role models of tomorrow.

    Val de Vie's Marketing Director Ryk Neethling is one of the Ambassadors to the Auction and we are proud to have been a part of the event.


  • Mad about the moustache

    Posted on November 6, 2013 by Elsje Human

    We're 100% behind Movember and encourage you to support this worthy cause which raises awareness about prostate cancer. Not keen to grow a moustache? Don a cute 'stache accessory. It looks chic and highlights a great cause, what a great fashion statement!


  • Summer style savvy: Carrol Boyes sunglasses

    Posted on November 5, 2013 by Admin

    Summer has arrived so it's time to hit the beach and soak up the sunshine! Look chic this season with a pair of Carrol Boyes sunglasses. There are over 20 different styles and colours, each capturing the unique design flair that has made this brand so famous. The glasses are made out the highest quality acetate and offer UV 400 protection, an absolute must in our hot climate.

    Visit the Carrol Boyes website to view the full range.


  • Moustache panache

    Posted on November 5, 2013 by Elsje Human

    Movember is all about raising awareness about prostate cancer, but the 'stache has also become a hot fashion trend in the past year. Quirky fashion accessories, decor items and illustrations draw inspiration from the moustache. Our verdict? Playful but chic!


  • It's Movember!

    Posted on November 4, 2013 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    It's November, which means it's time for Movember! Raising awareness about prostate cancer, Movember encourages guys to get involved in this worthy cause by sporting a moustache and raising funds for charity.

    The good news is that even ladies can help with this worthy cause by visiting the Movember website. We urge you to help the mo-bros out!


  • Eureka Mills is coming to The Market at Val de Vie

    Posted on November 4, 2013 by Admin

    The Market at Val de Vie is taking place this Sunday 10 November and we can't wait! Held on the Polo Pavilion’s terraces, the Market at Val de Vie showcases some of the region’s finest local produce and goods. Visitors can also enjoy live music or watch a polo match, while kids can enjoy a host of fun activities.

    Amongst the vendors will be Eureka Mills, a local mill that only uses high-quality, locally-produced wheat to create white bread flour, brown bread flour, cake flour, wholemeal flour, crushed rye and rye flour. They pride themselves on using traditional farming methods such as crop rotation and the gentle aeration of the soil, to create a premium product that is kinder to the environment and better for us to eat.

    Visit their website for more information on what they do.


  • BlackBerry Pink Polo in Die Burger

    Posted on November 4, 2013 by Admin

    BlackBerry Pink Polo 2013 was a fantastic success and we're thrilled to hear what how much it was enjoyed by all. Die Burger has featured an article that covers all the  highlights of the event - we love to see such a worthy event making news!


  • BlackBerry Pink Polo 2013 - The Showcase

    Posted on November 4, 2013 by Admin


  • ABSOLUT Sunset Fridays at the Polo Club Restaurant

    Posted on November 1, 2013 by Admin


  • VAL DE VIE ESTATE AT THE INTERNATIONAL PROPERTY AWARDS

    Posted on November 1, 2013 by janette

    THE POLO HOUSE  RECEIVES  BEST SINGLE UNIT DEVELOPMENT

    IN AFRICA AWARD ON OCTOBER 24th IN DUBAI

    Guardian Project Management recently attended the esteemed International Property Awards where the company project, famously known as The Polo House, received the Best Single Unit Residential Development Award.  The Polo House competed against a number of residential property developments in the African and Arabian regions to receive this recognition.  Successful entrants were invited to attend a high-profile gala dinner and awards ceremony at the One & Only Royal Mirage in Dubai on October 24th, where the winning companies would learn which honours they have secured.

    The Polo House was also chosen as top-scoring regional winner in its category to go on to compete in London at the global competition against the best of Europe, the UK, the Americas and Asia to find the ultimate World’s Best in each category.

    The building of the Polo House was a project that would position itself as an iconic masterpiece and jewel in the crown of the estate together with the Polo Pavilion and the Val de Vie Stables.  Val de Vie Estate, the chosen location of the Polo House, won the award for Best Multiple Unit and Mixed Use Development in 2012/2013 and was also nominated at this year’s event. The estate, which has grown tremendously in the last year with over a 130 property sales, is regarded as an international polo destination and hosts prestigious internationals and high society events on an annual basis.

    Unique in its design and location, the Polo House towers before the vast green of the top class polo fields completed to Hurlingham Standards.  The house fetched a record price of R22 500 per m2 a year ago and will now be sporting its new award winners’ logo, recognized as a symbol of excellence throughout the global industry.   A prime location on the estate with its spectacular views adds to the value of the home and in return the grand structure of the Polo House increased the market value of the properties and building activity in that vicinity of the estate.

    Guardian Project Management is currently the preferred development company for the larger and high quality projects undertaken on the estate and in the valley.  Guardian offers complete project management, delivery support and design services aimed at strategically guiding the various phases of the development process.  The turnkey project management and procurement processes are supported by innovative, hands-on delivery procedures and strategic supply agreements with industry giants.

    Stuart Shield, president of the International Property Awards, said, “The winning companies of the African Property Awards are enhancing the landscape of their countries with beautiful, modern and innovative properties which will further contribute to the growth and economic development of the continent. Our winning real estate agencies and property consultants are aiding African residents in successfully purchasing homes and climbing the property ladder.”

    For further information on Guardian Project Management,

    The Polo House and Val de Vie Estate, please contact:

    Ryk Neethling

    T: +27 (0)21 863 6100    C: +27 (0)82 995 1700

    Ryk.Neethling@valdevie.co.za

    Leonhard Jonas

    leonhard@guardianprojects.co.za

    T: +27 21 863 1139    C: +27 83 641 8887

    www.guardianprojects.co.za

    For further information on the International Property Awards

    and the 2013 Arabia & Africa Property & Hospitality Show, please contact the events team:

    T: +44 (0) 1245 250981

    info@propertyawards.net

    www.internationalpropertyevents.com



  • Trevor Noah supports BlackBerry Pink Polo

    Posted on October 31, 2013 by Admin

    We were thrilled to see Trevor Noah showing his support for BlackBerry Pink Polo! Trevor is such a talented entertainer and it was fantastic to have him at the Estate.


  • Don't miss our exciting events line-up!

    Posted on October 31, 2013 by Admin


  • Tone up for summer with our Pilates challenge!

    Posted on October 30, 2013 by Admin


  • Simply stunning: BlackBerry Pink Polo 2013

    Posted on October 29, 2013 by Admin

    BlackBerry Pink Polo 2013 took place this past weekend on Saturday 23 October and this glamorous event was a resounding success. Held in aid of breast cancer, BlackBerry Pink Polo raises funds for Reach for Recovery, which provides much needed support and counselling for survivors with the CANSA Association for South Africa.

    Guests were treated to action-packed polo, a glamorous fashion show, decadent snacks, bubbly and beautiful sunshine. A big thank you to all sponsors and attendees who helped to make the day such a success!

    There's already plenty of buzz about Pink Polo in the media. Read more on Marie Claire's blog or visit Hy-se-sy-se to view their take on the event.

    All images courtesy of Marie Claire.


  • Good Hope FM supports BlackBerry Pink Polo week

    Posted on October 25, 2013 by Admin

    BlackBerry Pink Polo week has been in full swing at Good Hope FM! Here the team is sporting their fabulous pink umbrellas, we love their enthusiasm and are so grateful for their support.


  • Good Hope FM gets the lowdown on BlackBerry Pink Polo

    Posted on October 23, 2013 by Admin

    Simone de Wet, the Managing Director of Val de Vie Events, was on Good Hope FM to chat about the upcoming BlackBerry Pink Polo event this weekend.

    This highly anticipated event takes place on Saturday 26 October, helping to raise funds and awareness for Reach for Recovery in aid of breast cancer. Visit our Calendar for all the details on buying tickets, we look forward to seeing you there!

    Listen to the interview here.


  • Poloworld goes totally pink

    Posted on October 22, 2013 by Admin

    Be sure to visit the Poloworld International stand at the Blackberry Pink Polo this weekend. A new and exciting Polo collection will be available which includes polo shirts, gilets, sweat shirts, hoodies and a selection of stunning beach bags. The exclusive Val de Vie Collection in black or white will also be on sale.


  • Fran and James' Engagement Shoot

    Posted on October 21, 2013 by Admin

    Joburg couple Fran and James will be celebrating their wedding at Val de Vie on Friday 6 December 2013 and we can't wait! The two are so in love and their vibrant, joyful personalities light up any room.

    Every detail of the special day will be planned by Val de Vie Full Coordination and these gorgeous engagement shoot photographs by Inecke Photography capture the love between these two special people.

    Visit Inecke's site to see more shots.






  • Go pink for October!

    Posted on October 21, 2013 by Nadia Valentyn

    It's October which means it's Pink Month, a time to honour cancer survivors and raise breast cancer awareness.

    It's easy to show your support: wear a pink breast cancer ribbon, donate to a cancer charity or buy tickets to BlackBerry Pink Polo, which is taking place this month on 26 October. The event promises to be a celebration of fashion, fun and polo, all in the name of raising awareness and funds for breast cancer charities. Visit our Calendar for all the details on buying tickets.


  • Corporate Events at Val de Vie

    Posted on October 21, 2013 by Admin


  • Pink and cream perfection

    Posted on October 17, 2013 by Simone de Wet

    Perfectly coordinated in pink - that's one of the looks we love for BlackBerry Pink Polo 2013! Cream and dusty make a soft, feminine colour combination that looks so chic and elegant.

    Blackberry Pink Polo Event Details

    Ticket options:

    Pink Polo Pavilion: R380 – Access to main event area, includes a Pongracz bubbly, Grey Goose cocktail and high tea, fashion show and more.

    Pink Polo Drive In: R1500 – Allocated area  for a car of 5 guests. Cars will be parked next to the field. Bring own picnic basket, no alcohol. Shade will be provided per area. Access to the Pink Polo Market. Limited areas available.

    For tickets email Edith@edithunlimited.co.za | View the Poster

    Pink Polo Market

    Market lovers, this is for you. Guests will be able to enjoy food and drinks from the carefully selected fresh food and beverage entrepreneurs while watching the action packed polo match and enjoying the funky sounds of some of the best local talent from the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley.

    Tickets costs R50 and are available at WEBTICKETS.CO.ZA


  • Introducing Kaptein, a wine from the Kurt Darren Collection

    Posted on October 16, 2013 by Admin

    Val de Vie is proud to be producing Kaptein, a sensational wine from the Kurt Darren Collection.

    It's been described as "a bottle full of lyrics waiting for just the right melody!" As a blend of Mourvedre, Shiraz, Grenache Noir, Carignan and Cinsaut, the wine has a burst of red fruit: red berries, strawberries and cherries with nuances of well integrated oak. Enjoy it with  pepperoni, pizza, spare ribs or a luscious chorizo and red wine risotto.

    You can buy Kaptein on our website for R65.00 per bottle.


  • Oh jaaaaa!

    Posted on October 16, 2013 by Admin

    Be sure to visit the Val de Vie Market this Sunday and to check out the beautiful rustic good from Jaaaa. From wooden chopping boards and denim aprons to crockery and tableware, there are all sorts of gorgeous goodies for the home.

    For more information about their good, please call Eugene Nortje on 076 555 7736 or email eugene@jaaaa.co.za.


  • Ryk Neethling on Good Hope FM

    Posted on October 16, 2013 by Admin

    Ryk Neethling was interviewed on Good Hope FM to discuss the upcoming BlackBerry Pink Polo on 26 October. This fun and fabulous event  is held to raise funds and awareness for Reach for Recovery in aid of breast cancer. Visit our Calendar for all the details on buying tickets, we look forward to seeing you there!

    Listen to the interview.


  • Herbex hosts a photoshoot at Val de Vie

    Posted on October 15, 2013 by Admin

    Herbex recently had a photo shoot at Val de Vie and we love how the images capture a sense of healthy living and vitality!

    The shots were taken by the talented Eric Uys while Marietjie Hurter did the hair and make-up.


  • Impeccable Polo style from Canterbury SA

    Posted on October 15, 2013 by Admin

    Canterbury SA has some seriously chic menswear that's ideal for the upcoming BlackBerry Pink Polo Event on 26 October 2013. Tailored shirts and smart accessories set the tone for an elegant yet laid back look.

    Visit Canterbury's Facebook page to find out more.


  • Marie Claire's Pink Polo pizazz

    Posted on October 10, 2013 by Admin

    Marie Claire Magazine has its eye on the latest fashion trends for BlackBerry Pink Polo, which is taking place this month on 26 October. From striped accessories and chunky hills to bohemian gypsy-inspired outfits, there are plenty of gorgeous styles to choose from.

    Feeling inspired? Visit their site to view the full article.

    The day will be filled with fabulous fashion, fun and polo, all in the name of a very worthy cause. Visit our Calendar for all the details on buying tickets.


  • Exclusive interview with Ryk Neethling on News24

    Posted on October 7, 2013 by Admin

    News24 had an exclusive interview with Val de Vie's Marketing Director, Ryk Neethling. He discusses  young leadership, swimming in South Africa and the importance of social responsibility at this year's One Young World Summit. Be sure to visit News24 to see the interview.


  • Poloworld International Gearing up for BlackBerry Pink Polo

    Posted on October 4, 2013 by Admin


    Poloworld International are gearing up for the BlackBerry Pink Polo event with a stunning variety of new "Polo Inspired" merchandise that will be available at the Market at Val de Vie.

    The Iconic Joules Dunsden Polo shirt is now simply frilling! With a ruffled collar this is a classic polo top with a twist. It's available in new colours for the new season and crafted from cotton pique with a touch of stretch to ensure a great fit with easy movement.

    Be sure to visit their online shop.


  • ABSOLUT Sunset Fridays at the Polo Club Restaurant

    Posted on October 4, 2013 by Admin


  • Elle takes note of BlackBerry Pink Polo

    Posted on October 2, 2013 by Admin

    BlackBerry Pink Polo is taking place this month on 26 October and the hype is building up for this highly anticipated event! Elle Magazine has taken a look at several ways to support  organisations that are raising awareness about the disease, with BlackBerry Pink Polo being first on the list.

    The event promises to be a celebration of fashion, fun and polo, all in the name of a very worthy cause. Visit our Calendar for all the details on buying tickets.

    To read the full article and to find out more ideas on how to make a difference, please visit Elle's website.


  • Gaggenau: A proud sub sponsor for BlackBerry Pink Polo 2013

    Posted on October 1, 2013 by Admin

    We're thrilled to have Gaggenau on board as a sub sponsor for BlackBerry Pink Polo 2013, which will be held at Val de Vie on 26th October.

    Gaggenua recently presented the ventilation 200 series, which includes three new ventilation models in various designs and widths. The series offers a wide selection of models that can be combined with all Gaggenau cooktops and cooking appliances to suit personal tastes and kitchen designs. The new products will be available from October 2013, with the exception of the 120 cm wall-mounted hoods, which will be launched in March 2014.

    Gaggenau is a manufacturer of high-quality home appliances and acknowledged as an innovation leader in design and technology “Made in Germany”. The company, with a history that goes back over more than 330 years, has revolutionised the domestic kitchen over and over again with its internationally acclaimed products. Gaggenau’s success is founded on technological innovation and a clear design language combined with high functionality.


  • October is Pink Month

    Posted on October 1, 2013 by Admin

    October is breast cancer month, an important time to increase awareness about the disease. While many of us are aware of breast cancer, it's vital to know about early detection and to each others about it too.

    The month of pink will end with a big bash at BlackBerry Pink Polo on 26 October, which is held to raise funds and awareness for Reach for Recovery in aid of breast cancer. Visit our Calendar for all the details on buying tickets, we look forward to seeing you there!


  • Fabulous frocks

    Posted on October 1, 2013 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Celebrate Spring with a pretty dress that suits the warmer weather. We love the femininity of lace and floral prints, or perhaps a touch of ruffles for some flirtatious texture. With BlackBerry Pink Polo on the way, these styles are definitely inspiring our outfits!

    By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


  • Jo-Anne and Charl's Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Wedding

    Posted on September 25, 2013 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Val de Vie Events was delighted to coordinate the wedding of Jo-Anne and Charl Coetsee this past weekend on 21 September 2013. This beautiful celebration was held at La Vierge in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and we were so thrilled to have been part of the day! Enjoy these stunning shot by Warren Williams.







  • Wine & Dine with us this Friday!

    Posted on September 23, 2013 by janette


  • Breathtaking …

    Posted on September 23, 2013 by janette

    So blessed to witness snow on the Simonsberg Mountain. Here are some breath taking views from Val de Vie...


  • Keep cosy at The Polo Club Restaurant

    Posted on September 20, 2013 by Iza de Lange

    With snow on the mountains and chilly weather predicted for the weekend, the Cape is still feeling the icy grip of Winter! Need to warm up? The Polo Club Restaurant is the place to be, with a delicious mug of cinnamon hot chocolate in front of a roaring fireplace.

    By Iza Slabbert, Event Coordinator & Marketing Manager


  • Chic and serene

    Posted on September 18, 2013 by Elsje Human

    We love the pure, clean serenity of white. Clean lines and uncluttered decor create a beautifully peaceful and elegant style.

    By Elsje Human, Events Assistant


  • Parisian dreams

    Posted on September 13, 2013 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Be smitten with all things classic... I'm dreaming of pearls, antique lace, flawlessly tailored gowns, elegant up-dos and crisp white cotton.

    By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


  • The look of romance

    Posted on September 12, 2013 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    I adore the look of these wedding dresses. Flowing fabric, empire line cuts and muted colours create a beautifully romantic and feminine look. This style is ideal for a free-spirited bride who wants to look gorgeous on her big day, but still feel relaxed and comfortable.

    By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


  • Mad for mustard yellow

    Posted on September 11, 2013 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Add a burst of warmth to your wardrobe or decor with mustard yellow. This stylish colour has all the energy and vibrancy of yellow, but its far more subtle and classy.

    By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


  • Janke and Barnie's stunning engagement shoot

    Posted on September 4, 2013 by Admin

    Janke and Barnie recently held their engagement shoot at Val de Vie. The photos were taken by Moira West and we think they're absolutely stunning!

    View more gorgeous shots on Moira's website.







  • Jason Reolon is coming to the Val de Vie

    Posted on September 3, 2013 by janette

    Keep this coming Friday night open everyone! Don't miss this talented pianist performing at the Polo Club Restaurant. Jazz and fine brandy cocktails 6pm to 9pm.


  • Sporting Horse Magazine

    Posted on September 3, 2013 by janette

    We love the Sporting Horse Magazine! Great articles and features dedicated to everything equestrian. Be sure to pick up a copy or subscribe to this beautiful glossy.

    www.sportinghorse.co.za

    Here is our feature for their next issue - for the love of horses and living out your passion...


  • Thought for the day

    Posted on August 28, 2013 by Iza Slabbert

    Photo by Jani B photography

    By Iza Slabbert, Event Coordinator & Marketing Manager


  • Brandy Fridays at Val de Vie

    Posted on August 28, 2013 by Admin

    We found a way to beat the winter blues with Brandy Fridays at Val de Vie, a unique opportunity to enjoy live music and exceptional brandy at the Polo Club Restaurant. Brandy Fridays have been held every Friday from 16 August and will continue to 20 September, coordinated by Val de Vie Events and sponsored by Fine Brandy by Design, a collection of premium brandies that includes Oude Meester Demant, Van Ryn’s 12 Year Old Distillers Reserve, Klipdrift Gold, Flight of the Fish Eagle and Collison’s White Gold.

    The talented Gerald Clark kept guests entertained in August and Jason Reolon will be on stage in September.

    Visitors can take advantage of the Polo Club Restaurant’s fantastic two courses for the price of one special.  To top it off, a selection of heart-warming cocktails are on offer, such as Klipdrift Gold Coffee and Van Ryn’s Decadent Hot Chocolate.

    Visit the Val de Vie Estate Facebook page to view some recipes of these delicious cocktails and keep an eye on the Val de Vie Calendar to avoid missing out on exciting events.

    Photographs by Inecke Photography


  • In love with L'OCCITANE's La Collection de Grasse

    Posted on August 28, 2013 by Iza Slabbert

    The Val de Vie Events team was delighted to attend the launch of L'OCCITANE's La Collection de Grasse at the Mount Nelson Hotel. This beaituful new collection consists of four fragrances: Jasmin & Bergamote, Magnolia & Mûre, Vanille & Narcisse and Thé Vert & Bigarade. We thoroughly enjoyed the event and we were absolutely enchanted by these amazing new fragrances.

    La Collection de Grasse was created with the assistance of Karine Dubreuil, a talented perfumer from the historical town of Grasse. The fragrances celebrate the fragrant destiny of the town, with each perfume highlighting two ingredients. This makes them far more faceted and intriguing, we couldn't get enough!

    Speaking of their inspiration behind the range, L'OCCITANE says:

    "The inspiration for this collection came from Grasse, in Provence. Above all else, it was inspired by the town of Grasse – the world's perfume capital and a true meeting point for raw materials from close and distant lands. Our Collection de Grasse is all about bringing these ingredients together.

    Our amazing encounter with Karine Dubreuil, who comes from the town of Grasse and shares our connection with Provence, also motivated us to create this collection. Through La Collection de Grasse, she has taken her collaboration with L'OCCITANE to an even deeper level.

    Finally, this project was inspired by Grasse because we have been forging strong links with the town for over six years, through our patronage of its International Perfume Museum."

    By Iza Slabbert, Event Coordinator & Marketing Manager


  • Romantic nostalgia

    Posted on August 27, 2013 by Nadia Valentyn

    Seeing the budding blossoms all around the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley orchards made us think back about the beautiful Engagement shoot of Anemi and Zeán last year. Take a trip down memory lane with us as we re-look their photos taken by the talented Joe Dreyer.

    By Nadia Valentyn, Venue Manager & Wedding Planner



  • Luscious lemons

    Posted on August 27, 2013 by Nadia Valentyn

    It's lemon season again and most lemon trees are laden with the tangy yellow fruit that has a multitude of uses.

    We thought we'd share some interesting facts about the goodness that this fruit holds, along with useful tips and yummy ideas on how to use lemons. You'll surprise your guests by having made the edible treats yourself!

    Along with having antibacterial, antiviral and immune-boosting properties, lemons also very useful in and around the house. Their natural acidity and fresh scent make them a  good cleaning agent in the house while also deodorizing the area.

    Lemons help to regulate the metabolism and sugar absorption. With their detox properties, they are also great for weight loss and their Vitamin C helps keep our systems and skin healthy. Eating lemons also has calming effect and may help to ease fatigue, dizziness, anxiety and nervousness and increase concentration.

    Lemon juice and rind also serves as a delicious flavouring. Seafood dishes, desserts and cocktails wouldn't be the same without some zingy lemon!

    To make sure you have some left the next time your guests visit, squeeze and freeze the juice in ice cube trays or make a lovely preserve that gets better with time. Lemonade ice lollies are also a great idea for kids and they can last a while in the freezer.

    So start squeezing those juices and peeling those lemons and surprise your loved one with mouth-watering recipes.

    Or if you don’t feel so bold in the kitchen, you can always use them as décor!

    By Nadia Valentyn, Venue Manager & Wedding Planner


  • Get style savvy for Blackberry Pink Polo 2013

    Posted on August 27, 2013 by Admin

    We love Luxo's fashion inspiration for Blackberry Pink Polo 2013. Held on 26 October 2013, this glamorous occasion helps to raise awareness about breast cancer. Looking chic and stylish is a must, so we're already looking out for the right outfits to wear, visit Luxo for more ideas.

    Blackberry Pink Polo Event Details

    Ticket options:

    Pink Polo Pavilion: R380 – Access to main event area, includes a Pongracz bubbly, Grey Goose cocktail and high tea, fashion show and more.

    Pink Polo Drive In: R1500 – Allocated area  for a car of 5 guests. Cars will be parked next to the field. Bring own picnic basket, no alcohol. Shade will be provided per area. Access to the Pink Polo Market. Limited areas available.

    For tickets email Edith@edithunlimited.co.za | View the Poster

    Pink Polo Market

    Market lovers, this is for you. Guests will be able to enjoy food and drinks from the carefully selected fresh food and beverage entrepreneurs while watching the action packed polo match and enjoying the funky sounds of some of the best local talent from the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley.

    Tickets costs R50 and are available at WEBTICKETS.CO.ZA



  • Stunning new furniture from Interior Concepts

    Posted on August 19, 2013 by Admin

    Interior Concepts is excited to announce that new furniture is arriving in mid November. Look out for beautiful pedestals, armoires, servers and plenty more.

    Interior Concepts offer the entire design process including interior decorating, customized furniture design and superior French reproduction furniture. Visit their site to find out more about their services.


  • Pure glamour at Val de Vie

    Posted on August 19, 2013 by Admin

    Val de Vie was the venue for photographer Shireen Louw's glamorous photoshoot of several gorgeous ladies. Amongst them was Sue Duminy, who tied the knot at the estate with her husband, JP Duminy, in 2011.

    Visit Shireen Louw's website to see more images.





  • Ezel and Duane Vermeulen's Maternity Shoot

    Posted on August 19, 2013 by Admin

    Last year we were delighted to host the wedding of Springbok Rugby player Duane Vermeulen and his lovely wife, Ezel. This wonderful couple are expecting a baby boy and we are so happy for them! Here are some stunning shots from their maternity shoot, taken by Agape Studio at Meerendal Wine Estate.



    By Iza Slabbert, Event Coordinator & Marketing Manager


  • Nathan and Charnay's engagement shoot

    Posted on August 19, 2013 by Iza Slabbert

    Nathan and Charnay are celebrating their wedding at Val de Vie on 24 September 2013 and we adore their engagement shoot by Gustav Klotz. The photos really depict the love and energy that the couple share, we can't wait for the wedding!

    Visit Gustav's website to view more photos from the shoot.




    By Iza Slabbert, Event Coordinator & Marketing Manager


  • Be bright and bold with beautiful balloons

    Posted on August 19, 2013 by Nadia Valentyn

    Bright balloons add an element of quirky fun to wedding photos. We adore this shoot by Shireen Louw, which included 99 red balloons, a gorgeous model and an adorable dog! Visit Want that Wedding for more photos.

    By Nadia Valentyn, Venue Manager & Wedding Planner





  • Blush pink beauty

    Posted on August 19, 2013 by Elsje Human

    Romance, love and roses... these are all things we associate with blush pink, a gorgeously soft and feminine shade that's perfect for an elegant yet dreamy wedding theme.

    By Elsje Human, Events Assistant


  • Val de Vie Estate MTB Challenge

    Posted on August 19, 2013 by Admin

    The Rudy Project De Vie MTB Challenge became a highlight on the mountain-bike calendar immediately after the inaugural event last year.

    It is regarded as an adventure race and the organisers are expecting significantly more participants this year than the more than 1 000 that took part in 2012. This year it takes place on Sunday September 15.

    The Val de Vie caters for the entire family and allows cyclists to experience the Paarl wine valley in all its glory. The riders follow a route over 21 wine farms and estates and have access to properties that they won’t be able to see at other times of the year.

    The race is aimed at providing fun and an exciting tour of the area. Every aspect is planned to add up to a social, fun-filled day: the routes, water points, and entertainment.
    A venue such as Val De Vie and other wine farms with their polo grounds and premier wines, the stunning landscape of manicured vineyards and homesteads and everything else just add to the exhilarating “down and dirty” mountain-bike race. Many of the farms the that the riders will see are not usually open to the public but the organisers have built strong relationships with the owners and have been given access to the properties.

    Routes

    5km kiddies race: The little ones take their bikes on a fun-filled adventure ride within the secure Val De Vie estate. Receiving their finisher’s medals will give them a reminder of a truly special day.

    30km route: The 30km distance is an exciting event that incorporates some of the best trails the area has to offer. Special features and water points will bring out tons of fun. Cycling through vineyards, the riders will experience breathtaking views and negotiate features that add up to a sense of accomplishment and fun.

    60 Km route: This route incorporates the best of Paarl and will take cyclists on a journey never to be forgotten, winding through 21 wine farms and private estates that incorporate history as well as beauty. The organisers have ensured that, besides the amazing views, fun at the water points and excellent riding features, participants will face a challenge worth every drop of sweat.

    Enter here


  • Val de Vie takes on the Trails

    Posted on August 15, 2013 by janette

    Coming this September! Our annual mountain bike race is now crossing over 21 wine farms in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley with a couple of surprises! ONLINE ENTRIES HERE


  • Brandy Fridays at the Polo Club Restaurant

    Posted on August 13, 2013 by janette

    Gerald & Jason

    For the lovers of the Blues and Brandy! Ease into the weekend and celebrate the end of the week with us at the Polo Club Restaurant.


  • Val de Vie Hosts Nataniël

    Posted on August 7, 2013 by Admin

    We were thrilled to host Nataniël at the Estate this August.  As one of South Africa's favourite entertainers, Nataniël held two unforgettable shows which were packed with laughter, fun and plenty of smiles.

    The evening show included plenty of singing and story telling. Guests enjoyed a glass of wine and canapés before entering the ballroom, where they laughed the night away with Nataniël.

    The following morning show started bubbly and breakfast for the guests, followed by Nataniël's Leefstyl show. He offered a variety of tips and ideas about about decor, colour and food, as well as insight into the history of dining and etiquette.


  • Ocean calm

    Posted on August 5, 2013 by Iza de Lange

    Did you have a manic Monday? Be inspired by the peacefulness of the ocean. Serene shades of deep blue and turquoise create a beautiful sea of calm.

    By Iza Slabbert, Event Coordinator & Marketing Manager


  • Estine and Marnus's engagement shoot at Val de Vie

    Posted on August 5, 2013 by Admin

    Estine and Marnus hosted their stunning engagement shoot at Val de Vie and we just love the results! Photographer Lindy Kriek has beautifully captured the spirit and love shared between the couple. Visit Mooi Troues to see more shots.





  • Celebrating New Partnerships

    Posted on August 5, 2013 by Admin

    Marketing Director, Ryk Neethling, with Hein Koegelenberg CEO of La Motte, Leopard's Leap and Perfect Wines SA celebrating our new venture.

    The joys of living in the winelands are epitomized by an evening spent enjoying well-matured red wines, listening to the china chandeliers chiming over the merry banter at the table.  In the hearty company of Hein and Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg at the Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant, we enjoyed a Venison and Wine Pairing, celebrating recent successes and indulging our senses in every plate set before us.

    Chef Chris Erasmus introduced the choices of venison – hung or unhung and shared some his old tricks in the kitchen crafting the tasty dishes of kudu, impala and the hunter’s favourite, wildebeest.

    Cellar Master Edmund Terblanche presented two exclusive La Motte wines from their Vinoteque with each dish, playing off the older vintages with the newer ones. A real treat was the La Motte Millenium 1997, but our Val de Vie palates voted the 2004 Shiraz Viognier to be the favourite.


  • Vote for Paarl as Town of the Year 2013

    Posted on August 1, 2013 by Admin

    The voting for Paarl as Town of the Year 2013 will take place from 1 – 6 August 2013.

    The Paarl Town of the Year committee has put in all their efforts to raise awareness and to encourage people to vote for Paarl.

    It is now your turn to do your part and help Paarl to walk away with the prize of R1 million worth of marketing on KykNET.

    How can you vote?

    The ‘Vote for Paarl’ app allows users to browse and enter draws for prizes, with each entry automatically sending an SMS to vote for Paarl in the Town of the Year competition.

    As an added bonus, users can even view exciting upcoming events on Paarl’s calendar leading up to the announcement ceremony on 7 August 2013.

    The application can be downloaded at votepaarl.i3flow.com and is available for both Android and BlackBerry smartphones.

    If you don’t want to use the app, you can easily vote by sending a SMS with the word Paarl to 33157.  Each Simcard is allowed 30 Votes. Please vote and encourage others!

    As a reminder look at the 30 Reasons why we Love Paarl article on ShowMe Paarl.

    www.showmepaarl.co.za


  • China's first investment in the South African wine industry

    Posted on August 1, 2013 by Admin






    Following on China’s recent significant investments in the French wine industry, especially in Bordeaux, they have now made their first investment in the South African wine industry.

    Perfect China, the 51% shareholding partner in Perfect Wines of South Africa, has purchased the wine cellar at well- known Val de Vie Estate in the heart of the Cape Winelands, between Paarl and Franschhoek. The purchase also includes a 25 ha wine farm with 21 ha of vineyards and the historic manor house dating back to 1783.

    The cellar facilities will be used by Perfect Wines of South Africa, a Joint Venture that was formed in 2011 between Hein Koegelenberg, of Leopard’s Leap, and Perfect China in Yangzhou. The L’Huguenot brand was born out of this JV and has already been responsible for the export of 2.8 million bottles of wine to China in 2011 and 2012 – amounting to about 25% of the total annual South African wine exports to China. Now with its own address as well as production and maturation facilities, the future for this brand that has been created to be a celebration of the French Huguenot heritage of wine in South Africa, looks very promising.

    Perfect China distributes the L’Huguenot wine brand in the Far East with a direct sales team of more than a million agents and via 5000 depots in China as well as infrastructure in Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam.
    “The Chinese wine market is very important to our industry and this first Chinese investment in the South African Winelands is a clear indication of their interest in our wines and can lead the way to a bright future for the export of SA wine to the East”, says Chairman of Perfect Wines of South Africa, Hein Koegelenberg (also CEO of La Motte and Leopard’s Leap Wine Estates).

    The JV will also be bringing 700 members of the Chinese sales and distribution team to Cape Town on an incentive trip in early September, with a gala dinner to be held in the Cape Town International Convention Centre on the 3rd of September. With support from the Tourism Offices of the Western Cape and MEC Alan Winde, the idea is to introduce them to South Africa, which will enable them to do an even better job of selling our wines. This will be the first of an annual incentive visit of the same nature, which will definitely contribute to the local economy.

    Perfect Wines of South Africa plans to extend the current cellar facilities at Val de Vie and increase the maturation capacity. Although the 21 ha of exceptional quality wine grapes will contribute, the remainder of grapes for this range will continue to be sourced from specific suitable terroir in various regions and through agreements with quality suppliers in the Winelands. Producing these volumes of quality wine requires many services, which will effect job creation in the Winelands. With this venture we want to focus on tourism from China to South Africa. “Bringing the Chinese customers to South Africa and letting them experience our wine beauty, will turn them into permanent wine ambassadors”, says Hein Koegelenberg.

    CEO of Elements Development Projects, the developer of Val de Vie Estate, Martin Venter says: “We are excited to be working with Perfect China and Hein Koegelenberg who have been leading the charge for South Africa's wine exports to the East specifically. The fact that a company the size of Perfect China chose Val de Vie clearly shows that our facilities, heritage and infrastructure, from the cellar to the restaurant and security, are world-class. There is also a great resonance between the L'Huguenot brand and Val de Vie Estate with its French heritage dating back to 1783.”

    Ryk Neethling, Marketing Director at Val de Vie Estate added that they recently won the 5 star award at the International Property Awards for Best Development. Val de Vie, with its world class polo fields, thriving events business, Polo Club Restaurant and full working wine farm all within a security estate, sees the involvement of Perfect China as a great opportunity for exposure to the international market. Despite selling the wine cellar and vineyard, Val de Vie’s winemaker, Harold Versfeld, in consultation with Hein Koegelenberg will continue producing and marketing its premium Rhône-style wines which have seen tremendous growth in the past three years.

    Sent on behalf of Perfect China, Perfect Wines of South Africa and Val de Vie Estate
    For more information on Perfect China or Perfect Wines of South Africa, please contact the office of Hein Koegelenberg at:
    +27(0)21 876 8805 or cellar@la-motte.co.za

    For more information on Val de Vie, please visit www.valdevie.co.za or contact the office of Ryk Neethling at : +27 (0)21 863 6100 or ryk.neethling@valdevie.co.za


  • Nataniël is coming to Val de Vie Estate - Get your tickets now!

    Posted on July 30, 2013 by Admin

    Don't miss out on this must-see event! Ticket sales close tomorrow and we have limited seats available. Click here to buy tickets.


  • Dewaldt & Nicke's engagement shoot

    Posted on July 24, 2013 by Admin

    We love this stunning engagement shoot of Dewaldt and Nicke, a gorgeous couple who are planning to tie the knot in December.

    The photos we taken by the talented Kyle Krige at Val de Vie and they really capture the special connection between the two lovebirds. Visit Kyle's website to view more photos and to see more of his work.







  • A beautiful Val de Vie home in the spotlight

    Posted on July 23, 2013 by Admin

    This gorgeous Val de Vie home was recently featured in SA Home Owner magazine in July 2013. The French-inspired decor was conceptualised by interior designer Nicolette Jonas, owner of Interior Concepts and a Val de Vie resident. View the full article for more details about this exceptional home.

    Visit interiorconcepts.co.za for more information, or contact Nicolette@interiorconcepts.co.za and 0825654500.


  • Poloworld International's gorgeous Spring 2013 Collection - on sale at the Market at Pink Polo

    Posted on July 22, 2013 by Admin

    BlackBerry Pink Polo is always a must-attend event, complete with fashion, polo action, great food and wine, all in the name of a good cause.

    This year the event will also include a fantastic market, offering a selection of find foods, decor goods, crafts and much more. Poloworld International will be selling their latest range at our annual BlackBerry Pink Polo Events on 26 October 2013. The Spring 2013 Collection has a palette that mixes dynamic brights with novel neutrals to create a harmonious balance. Expect to see stunning beach bags in sea blue, apple, red bus and yellow, as well as cheeky sleeveless Polo T-shirts in pink and multi candy colours.

    Don't miss out - visit our calendar page to find out more about buying your BlackBerry Pink Polo tickets.


  • studioBLOEM's floral creations come to Val de Vie

    Posted on July 22, 2013 by Admin

    Talented wedding florsts studioBLOEM recently took part in a series of workshops organised by the Little Pink Book as part of the on stage entertainment at the SA Wedding Show. Various service providers took part in the workshops and worked together to create a gorgeous wedding look for inspiration. This beautiful photo shoot took place at Val de Vie and showcases their final concept: a summery look that draws on the Dutch master painters of the 1700s.

    As studioBLOEM puts it, "this look is really a clash between traditional, old world beauty and a more organic, stripped down, fresh approach. I am completely obsessed with wood at the moment and the natural wood Tiffany chairs from Exclusive Hire, really sum up this look perfectly. The raw silk dress we chose is very simple, structured, almost functional. The bouquet was kept simple with a combination of decorative cabbages, tulips, blushing brides and amaranthus."

    All images courtesy of studioBLOEM. Photos by JaniB Photography, Second Photographer – Janine Bronkhorst







  • Celebrating past events

    Posted on July 19, 2013 by Admin

    Val de Vie was fortunate to host the wedding of AD and Reza in 2011. It was such a beautiful day that we can't resist looking back on the celebrations and festivity.


  • Nataniël is coming to Val de Vie Estate - Get your tickets now!

    Posted on July 19, 2013 by Admin

    Don't miss out on this must-see event! Ticket sales close the 31st of July and we have limited seats available. Click here to buy tickets.


  • Mad about Organic

    Posted on July 17, 2013 by Admin

    Today our winemaker, Harold Versfeld, discusses the nature of organic wines and the issues surrounding this hot topic.

    "I decided write a serious article about organic wines. With this article I will try and educate, and shed some light on a very widely discussed topic. The pros and cons will be highlighted, and hopefully everyone can then form an educated opinion. I'll try my best to keep my views about the subject ... somewhat subdued.

    Firstly, let’s define organic wine:
    Wines produced in accordance with the principles of organic farming, which typically excludes the use of artificial fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. The legal aspects of what goes into the wine vary from country to country, with different governing bodies stipulating legal limits and additives. In SA, we have no such governing body. Basically anyone can therefor call themselves organic without the ability to back it up.
    The whole is issue is pretty much based around 3 things: health, environment and economics. What is believed to be true and reality is two very distant facts.

    Health:
    The issues in this regard include allergies and hangovers. In theory then, you should have twice the allergic reactions and twice the hangover when you consume 1L of fresh fruit juice compared to 1L of wine, as the Free Sulphur in juice is more than twice than that of wine. It is also believed that organically grown fruit is higher in Vitamin C and phytonutrients. I do believe these statistics, but with the world becoming so health-conscious, agro-chemical companies have very strict guidelines with degradation periods of chemicals. Example: one is not allowed to spray sulphur on vineyards within a month of harvest. The reasons are that the products have a 3-week degrading period, which has a negative effect on fermentation. So while there might be truth in organic production, there is also truth that all chemicals degrade prior to harvest, leaving little to no residue on the grapes.

    Economics:
    This is where organic farming takes a serious knock. Especially in areas where profitability is dependent on high yield, and in areas that are wet and humid. The risk of losing a substantial part of crops is a damning reality. Not only is there a risk of losing crops, but even in healthy years, the farmer is not guaranteed that the quality of the grapes for sale will be as good as commercially farmed grapes. Now one can argue that input costs are cut because chemicals are basically cut out of the equation. But if you use the 2013 vintage as example, with rain having a massive influence on crop health during February, the fear of crop loss and the loss of quality becomes much more than just a thought. Even in years where the risk factor is low, organically grown vineyards have a 10-15% lower yield than normal production. In addition to that, because chemicals can’t be sprayed, all viticultural practices have to be done with manual labour. As of late, there has been clear evidence that the labour force have become unreliable and very expensive. Farmers are mechanising most aspects of agriculture, because of these factors. In an already struggling farming community, especially in lower yield areas, the idea of crop loss is unbearable, and farmers choose to eliminate more gambling on crops. It is as simple as that; the lower the yields, the more expensive the wine. The more you have to sort the healthy form the sick, the more expensive the wine.

    Environment:
    This is probably the best argument that any tree hugger can have to stave their argument. I do agree that doing things the natural way, is probably better than the chemical way. But I believe there is a way that standard farming methods and organic can come together. And so many chemicals previously used have been deemed as illegal, showing that there is effective and economic way forward.

    Example: previously harsh chemicals like 2,4 D and Temik (Aldicarb) was used to clear soil of nematodes (small worm-like creatures that attack the root system, killing the plant within 2 years of initial establishment). This is now done by planting “wild mustard”, whose root system is partially toxic, but also unaffected by nematodes. Thus stripping the nematode of food, the population would diminish to below harmful numbers. In this case I believe the time that it takes to clear the soil justifies not contaminating subterranean water supplies, ensuring sustainability for the future. Having said that, not all natural remedies are as effective as wild mustard. I once heard of a farmer that sprayed his crops with garlic. Now unless he has a vampire problem in his vineyard, that will help absolutely squat! Some elements are just to be taken more serious than others, especially with regards to fungicides. There is no two ways about taking risks with downy - and powdery mildew, and for that there is only one cure – chemicals. It would be like asking your doctor not to prescribe antibiotics to your infant with bronchitis, but rather a big dose of Oros. The reward of not having antibiotics is definitely not worth the risk of child fatality.

    There are plenty more factors that also play a huge role in the whole argument. Quality is another huge issue, as you can imagine the fruit not always being in tip-top shape. Wine writer Cathy van Zyl pointed out “Organic is not a prescription for quality, only for methodology”.   What this basically means, is that once your ideal of farming organic becomes a bigger ideal than producing quality, you have lost the plot. I agree, in some cases going organic has benefited the quality of the wine, but those are really isolated cases, and also not always economically viable.

    In conclusion, in an ideal world, if organic farming had the financial advantage as well as the guaranteed quality, combined with the very limited environmental impact, it would be beneficial to all. Agro-chemical companies have the responsibility to produce products that are in no way harmful, apart from its intended purpose. Conventional farmers also have the responsibility to use discretion on the implementation of cultivation methods.  Pro-organic wine drinkers need to have an understanding that unless they want to pay R500+ for a decent bottle of wine, they too should have a better understanding of why things are done the way they are. Organic farmers have the responsibility to produce quality not inferior to that of conventional farming, for the sake of an entire industry."

    “Treat the earth well. It was not given to you by your parents, It was loaned to you by your children.”
    Kenyan Proverb

    References and Credits:
    Wikipedia
    Modern Ecological Wine Grape Production in South Africa – Cape Wine Masters Diploma by Heidi Nicole Rosenthal Duminy
    www.ifoam.org


  • Elegant French living at Val de Vie Estate

    Posted on July 15, 2013 by Admin

    Home Magazine has showcased the beautiful Val de Vie home of interior decorator Ina Louw. Elegant, airy and beautifully chic, the French-inspired decor scheme incorporates soft greys with eye-catching opulent details.

    View the full article on Home magazine's website and to get some valuable decor advice from Ina.

    Images courtesy of Home magazine


  • Inspiration for the day

    Posted on July 3, 2013 by Simone de Wet

    By Simone de Wet, Managing Director Events


  • Crazy for colour

    Posted on July 2, 2013 by Elsje Human

    Have fun with your wedding decor by incorporating a rainbow of colours all together. Quirky, creative and colourful, this style will put a smile of everyone's faces. Don't be scared to mix and match; we love stripey designs, jars of colourful sweets and bunches of bright flowers.

    By Elsje Human, Events Assistant


  • Thought for the day

    Posted on July 2, 2013 by Simone de Wet

    By Simone de Wet, Managing Director Events


  • Inspiration from abroad

    Posted on July 1, 2013 by Simone de Wet

    We adore this New Mexico styled elopement shoot by photographer Christy Cross. The shoot beautifully tells a story of how two lovers meet up and elope.

    Here's what they have to say about the concept behind the shoot:

    "I had a dream…well maybe not a dream, but a vision. I wanted to create a styled shoot, something that would showcase my work, and other talents in my small town. I wanted to do an elopement shoot, and I wanted a storyline to go with it. So here is the story…

    Guy meets girl. Girl and guy fall in love…they want to get married, but on a budget, and just the two of them…an elopement.

    In preparation for the wedding, she sketches out ideas for her dress, but didn’t want a typical wedding dress.  She has a talent with a needle and thread, and makes it herself.  She wanted something that said,”I’m beautiful” with a little sparkle, and something that would look great with her red hair.
    While she prepares in her way for the wedding, he prepares in his way and uses his handyman skills by making a wall that would symbolize an alter for the small and quaint wedding.

    She meets him at their favorite spot carrying their wedding cake she made with love, and he takes her as his bride, with his grandmother’s charming coral ring.  The end."

    There's also a video of the shoot, which shows it in gorgeous cinematic detail.

    By Simone de Wet, Managing Director Events







  • The colours of nature

    Posted on July 1, 2013 by Elsje Human

    If you think of the colours of Winter, you probably picture grey, white and cooler shades. Shake things up and delight in a rich palette of nature's colours: vibrant reds, deep oranges, luscious greens and happy yellows. A bowl of seasonal fruits, a posy of country flowers or a platter of colourful treats can add some zest and cheer - simply gorgeous.

    By Elsje Human, Events Assistant


  • Fairytale Freshness

    Posted on June 28, 2013 by Simone de Wet

    We might be in the middle of Winter, but you can beat the grey skies by drawing on the magic of Spring and sunshine.

    Feel the charm and delight of a fairytale world with gorgeous shades of yellow and pink. Host a lavish tea party with fresh blossoms, dainty frocks and ornate decorations - it's a celebration of feminine fun.

    As you sip on homemade lemonade, indulge in Turkish delight water and enjoy the smell of beautiful flowers, it will hardly feel as if the grey skies are there!

    By Simone de Wet, Managing Director Events


  • Candice and Bradley's Wedding

    Posted on June 27, 2013 by Admin

    Candice and Bradley celebrated their wedding at Val de Vie in on 2 March 2013 and we are delighted to share their beautiful photos. It was a true pleasure to host the special day of such a wonderful couple, we wish them all the best in their future ahead!


  • Peachy perfection

    Posted on June 27, 2013 by Elsje Human

    There's something so warm and dreamy about peach. This glowing colour reminds us of beautiful sunsets and the mouthwatering fruit it's named after. Peach accents in your wedding decor add a sense of romance and whimsy. Peach also creates a lovely sense of warmth, ideal for a Winter wedding.

    By Elsje Human, Events Assistant


  • Yes to yellow

    Posted on June 25, 2013 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    The Cape is in the clutches of a stormy cold front that's keeping us all indoors. Beat the Winter blues with a splash of sunny yellow. This vibrant colour is lively, warm and extremely eye-catching, the perfect way to defy the grey skies and gloomy rainfall!

    By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


  • Country living at Val de Vie

    Posted on June 20, 2013 by Admin


  • Magic at midnight

    Posted on June 18, 2013 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Sometimes the best weddings are fabulous parties that carry on late into the night, with friends and family celebrating hitting the dance floor together.

    The fun doesn't have to stop just because the clock is getting close to midnight. We love serving a tasty midnight snack to keep the party going strong, such as a luscious cheese platter or tasty slices of pizza. Just when guests think they've seen it all, dazzle them with a fireworks display. It'll be a party they never forget!

    By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


  • Winter polo chic

    Posted on June 18, 2013 by Nadia Valentyn

    Just because Winter brings cold weather and resting time for our four-hooved friends, we still think that an equestrian-inspired look is the perfect style for a visit to the Estate. This winter it’s all about the boots, braids and beautiful bags! Crisp tailored shirts paired with luxury denims complete the look.

    By Nadia Valentyn, Venue Manager & Wedding Planner


  • Craving Spring

    Posted on June 18, 2013 by Iza Slabbert

    It's cold, rainy and the skies are grey, but that doesn't stop us from dreaming about sunny Spring days, the smell of flowers and the sound of birdsong. Add some Spring dreaminess to your wardrobe with splashes of pink, mint and floral patterns. Winter won't stand a chance!

    By Iza Slabbert, Event Coordinator & Marketing Manager


  • Anemi and Zeán's wedding

    Posted on June 14, 2013 by Nadia Valentyn

    Val de Vie Full Coordination hosted the beautiful Wedding of Anemi and Zeán in March. Attended by 160 guests, it was a wonderful celebration and we are so excited to share some photos of their special day.

    The ceremony took place in the Franschhoek NG Kerk, which is very close to Anemi’s heart. Being the awesome bride that she is, she was on time and enthusiastically applauded by a bus of tourists, who wished her well down the aisle.

    The guests later made their way to Val de Vie for pre-dinner drinks and canapes on the terraces overlooking the polo fields. They were entertained by the jazzy tunes of the  talented Werner Denner.

    The reception soon followed in the ballroom, which boasted spectacular decor that included soft flower arrangements in shades of white and green and elegant elements of glass and crystal.

    The evening began with starters, speeches and a mouthwatering main course. After the couple opened the dance floor, guests were treated to a scrumptious dessert station and wedding cake made by Kanya Hunt.

    DJ Conrad from Sound Print kept the guests partying on the dance floor the entire evening.

    Val de Vie Coordination would like to thank each service professional for their part in making the couple’s day so special: Joe Dreyer for capturing every detail, Kanya Hunt for the delicious four tier cake creation, Maritza and Roelé for the Bride’s gorgeous hair and makeup,  DJ Conrad from Soundprint and the team from Audiolife for the music, Secret Diary for the lovely stationery, Nico Laubscher from NConcepts and Designs for the decor and styling, West Staff Services for their superb service, Chef Edmore and his team in the kitchen for the catering and Wilgenhof Estate for their beautiful chairs.

    What an amazing couple and celebration... we are honored to been part of your wedding day!

    By Nadia Valentyn, Venue Manager & Wedding Planner



  • Great Gatsby glamour

    Posted on June 14, 2013 by Elsje Human

    Everyone is talking about the new Great Gatsby movie starring Leonardo Di Caprio. It's a visual feast that presents a rather dazzling view of high society in 1920s New York.

    We love the style and flamboyance of this era. It's ideal as a party or even a wedding theme, offering your guests the chance to dress up and indulge in some 1920s glamour.

    By Elsje Human, Events Assistant


  • Flower power

    Posted on June 13, 2013 by Nadia Valentyn

    Flowers are such an important part of an event's decor. Not only are they beautiful to behold, they also help to convey the colour scheme and add a lovely sense of freshness and vibrancy. Winter might not be the most colourful of months, but there are still some gorgeous blooms that can be used in your decor, whether they are seasonal or year-round varieties.

    Autumn & Winter Blooms
    Tulips, hyacinth, iris, dahlia, daisy, daffodil, camellia, azalea, delphinium, gladiolus, lily, hibiscus, marigold, lavender, cornflower, morning glory, alstroemeria, roses, freesias.

    All-Year Round
    Phalaenopsis orchid, gladiolus, gardenia, Singapore orchid, baby’s breath, lily, rose, iris, carnations.

    By Nadia Valentyn, Venue Manager & Wedding Planner


  • Val de Vie Estate, a special place for special moments

    Posted on June 12, 2013 by Admin

    From exquisite weddings and private parties to festive year-end functions, Val de Vie is an exceptional setting for any type of event. Our events team delights in coordinating memorable occasions that reflect your unique style and preferencess.


  • The Val de Vie Events team in The Wedding Album

    Posted on June 11, 2013 by Admin

    The Val de Vie Events team is thrilled to have been showcased in a stunning double page advertisement in the latest issue of The Wedding Album! Be sure to get your copy of this gorgeous and inspiring magazine, a real must-read for all brides-to-be.

    Click here to view a larger version of the advert.

    Credits:

    Fashion: Isabella Niehaus
    Photography: Jean-Pierre Uys
    Stylist: Alwijn Burger
    Make up and hair: Candice-Leigh
    Décor: Nico Laubscher
    Props: Interior Concepts
    Designer: Flance


  • Going places

    Posted on June 6, 2013 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Feel the freedom of travel and new destinations with vintage travel-inspired accessories. A stack of old suitcases could make a quirky table, a beautiful globe becomes an objet d'art and an old bicycle propped against a wall is an eye-catching curiosity.

    By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


  • Ryk Neethling on Bravo

    Posted on June 4, 2013 by Admin

    Ryk Neethling was recently delighted to be interviewed on KykNet's Bravo show. Presenter Hannes visited Val de Vie and chatted to Ryk Neethling about his career, life at the estate and the pressures that international sport stars experience. Be sure to watch the awesome interview.


  • Nataniël at Val de Vie Estate

    Posted on June 4, 2013 by Admin

    Don't miss out on this must-see event! Click here to buy tickets.


  • Dreaming about BlackBerry Pink Polo 2013

    Posted on June 4, 2013 by Elsje Human

    Our annual BlackBerry Pink Polo Event will be taking place on 26 October 2013 and we're already so excited, even though we have a few months to wait! The day is all about celebrating polo, fashion and luxury in the name of supporting breast cancer.

    Guests always arrive looking chic and stylish, so take inspiration from these moodboards which showcase how stunning pink can be, whether it's bright and bold or soft and sensual.

    By Elsje Human, Events Assistant


  • Winter wardrobe essentials

    Posted on June 3, 2013 by Varety Da Silva

    Update your wardrobe for Winter with a tailored coat, sleek black boots and a selection of chic accessories. These essential items are amazingly versatile; mix and match to create new looks for each day of the week.

    By Varety Da Silva, Venue Coordinator & Operations Manager


  • Party it up with pink and gold

    Posted on May 29, 2013 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Pink and gold are a magical colour combination that we can't get enough of. The feminine  charm of pink looks simply gorgeous alongside the glamour and flair of gold. To keep things looking chic, add some neutral shades such as grey or beige to the mix. You'll have the perfect party palette!

    By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


  • Ethnic elegance

    Posted on May 28, 2013 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Glam up your look with beautiful ethnic jewellery and fabrics. We love big, bold and colourful patterns which are bang on trend and also celebrate our African heritage. Silver and brass  bangles, large earrings and layered necklaces complete the look.

    By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


  • Practical Make-Up Workshop with Nicky Lonte

    Posted on May 28, 2013 by Admin

    Learn how to do your make-up the professional way with Nicky Lonte, a professional make-up artist who will be hosting a fabulous workshop at Val de Vie Estate.

    Venue : Val de Vie Polo Club
    Dates: Wednesday 19 June or Friday 26 July
    Times: 09:00 - 12:30 or 13:30 - 17:00
    Cost: R450.00 per person

    Includes: Notes, face chart, snack & coffee / tea
    Make-up & Brushes will be for sale.
    ONLY 10 SEATS AVAILABLE PER SLOT.
    View the flyer.

    Book your place by contacting Nicky at 083 2646717 or nicky_lonte@vodamail.co.za. Visit Nicky's website to find out more about what she can do for you.


  • Val de Vie Cycling Gear

    Posted on May 28, 2013 by Admin

    Val de Vie is now selling an exclusive range of cycling gear that's expertly designed to enhance you performance. Selling for R920.00, we think they would make the ideal gift for Father's Day, which is coming in June. Visit our site to find out more and to see more images.

    If you're interested in purchasing  gear, kindly inquire at the Val de Vie gym  or email Mieke le Roux at mieke.leroux@valdevie.co.za.


  • BlackBerry Pink Polo

    Posted on May 27, 2013 by Admin

    BlackBerry Polo 2013


  • An entertainer's dream in the Winelands

    Posted on May 24, 2013 by Admin

    We're thrilled to see that Top Billing recently visited the beautiful home of Marlene, a special lady who we had the pleasure to work with. Private Room coordinated a dazzling 30th birthday celebration for Marlene in her lovely home. The house is truly an entertainer's dream, making it the ultimate venue for the celebration.


  • Whimsical wonder

    Posted on May 23, 2013 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Get into a whimsical mood with bursts of pretty pink, colourful cocktails, super colourful bouques and plenty of bright balloons. Put on a fabulous frock and you're ready to feel the fun!

    By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


  • A romantic Val de Vie Wedding

    Posted on May 23, 2013 by Admin

    Val de Vie hosted a beautiful wedding in December that had a soft, romantic decor scheme featuring accents of pink, cream and white. Kim du Toit's lovely photos capture the gorgeous ambience.







  • Wedding Workshops at The SA Wedding Show

    Posted on May 23, 2013 by Admin

    Little Pink Book will be hosting interactive Wedding Workshops on the main stage at The South African Wedding Show from 7 – 9 June 2013 at the CTICC. This is an amazing opportunity for brides to be part of a real, live coordinated session with the leading wedding coordination company, The Aleit Group and fantastic wedding suppliers! Watch as they create a mock up setting of a wedding, designed to the themes below. Get involved, join the team on the stage as they work and stand a chance to win fantastic prizes!

    Val de Vie will also be involved in this exciting event, so be sure to watch out for our talented team.

    Click here to view the various themes that they will be showcasing in the workshops.


  • A sensational splash of colour from Secret Diary Designs

    Posted on May 21, 2013 by Admin

    We can always rely on Secret Diary Designs to be on top of the hottest stationery trends. This Winter they are celebrating colour with bold, exciting shades and eye-catching patterns.



  • Winter wedding wonder

    Posted on May 21, 2013 by Varety Da Silva

    Let cool aqua colours and crisp whites set the tone for a chic Winter wedding. We love using old glass bottles in the table decor and adding some warmth with hundreds of burning candles. Give guests pashminas or cosy blankets if the temperature drops, it's a thoughtful touch that they'll be sure to appreciate.

    By Varety Da Silva, Venue Coordinator & Operations Manager


  • Gorgeous in gold

    Posted on May 20, 2013 by Iza Slabbert

    Feel the warm glow of gold by adding dazzling touches to your wedding decor. Gold is often perceived as being bold and showy, but it can also be beautifully soft, elegant and romantic. Take inspiration from these beautiful images, which celebrate this classic colour.




    By Iza Slabbert, Event Coordinator & Marketing Manager


  • Sweet treats

    Posted on May 17, 2013 by Varety Da Silva

    Feast your eyes on these luscious dessert ideas... a biscuit bar, featuring a mix of different cookies, mini lemon meringue shakes, bowls of macaroons, plates of petit fours and stacks of crepes and meringues. Any of these would make the perfect sweet treat at wedding or party, much to the delight of your guests!

    By Varety Da Silva, Venue Coordinator & Operations Manager


  • Classic country

    Posted on May 17, 2013 by Varety Da Silva

    We love the idea of a relaxed, country-inspired wedding with a relaxed, rustic ambiance. Picture an old barn or a beautiful field as the venue - what could be more romantic? Decor draws on all the elements of the countryside: natural fabrics and twines, informal arrangements of wild flowers, hay bales for seating and lanterns for lighting. This is the perfect look for the down-to-earth brides who has a sense of fun.

    By Varety Da Silva, Venue Coordinator & Operations Manager


  • Spread some winter warmth

    Posted on May 16, 2013 by Admin


  • Understated romance

    Posted on May 14, 2013 by Elsje Human

    Soft shades of lavender, mauve and dusty pink are gorgeous colours for a dreamy decor scheme. Beautifully soft and delicate, these hues have a sense of sophistication and create a romantic look without seeming too girly or twee.

    By Elsje Human, Events Assistant


  • Vintage glamour

    Posted on May 13, 2013 by Elsje Human

    Vintage styling might draw inspiration from past times, but that doesn't mean that is has to look old-fashioned! Add some sparkle to a vintage look with a bold touch of gold. It adds instant, eye-catching style, reminiscent of the glamour of old Hollywood.

    By Elsje Human, Events Assistant


  • A French Love Story: Part 4

    Posted on May 13, 2013 by Simone de Wet

    The streets of Paris are always alive with colour, from delectable macarons in a bakery window to the brightness of flowers in window boxes, or perhaps the dazzle of a chic pair of heels. Perk up your week with some pretty colours... très belle!

    By Simone de Wet, Managing Director Events


  • Elie Saab Autumn/Winter 2013-14 collection on the Paris catwalk

    Posted on May 13, 2013 by Nadia Valentyn

    We're smitten with Elie Saab's latest collection, in which the sleek, flattering lines of the corporate outfits are elegantly blended  into evening wear. The look is classy and professional yet undeniably sexy too.

    The use of soft, sheer “evening” fabrics such as chiffon and lace add a touch of elegance to your normal day-to-day corporate work wear, making it so easy to  attend a networking Cocktail function straight after work without having to rush home to change.

    All you'll  need to do is swop your iPad bag for a clutch, add a bit of shimmer to your lipgloss and put on some gorgeous heels.

    To view more images, visit Glamour's website.

    By Nadia Valentyn, Venue Manager & Wedding Planner


  • A French Love Story: Part 3

    Posted on May 10, 2013 by Admin

    As a busy week comes to a close, we're still daydreaming about the romance of Paris. It's the idea of a beautiful view of a cityscape, a romantic ride into the country or the thought of a glamorous night out. Even though we're many miles from the streets of Paris, add some French-inspired romance to your weekend, whether it's enjoying a picnic with a loved one, taking a romantic stroll or putting on a beautiful dress.

    By Simone de Wet, Managing Director Events


  • Chai cupcakes with marshmallow frosting

    Posted on May 10, 2013 by Nadia Valentyn

    It's the last month of Autumn, which means that the cold Winter months are just around the corner. Warm things up by baking some tasty treats, we can't get enough of these Chai cupcakes with marshmallow frosting by The Kate Tin. Yum!

    Makes 12
    125g Stork Bake
    150g castor sugar
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    1 cup self-raising flour
    1/2 cup milk
    1 tsp chai spice
    2 eggs

    Marshmallow frosting
    1/2 cup castor sugar
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    2 egg whites

    Cream the margarine, sugar and vanilla together until light and fluffy. Gradually add the eggs and beat well. Sift over the flour and spices and beat again. Spoon into a muffin tin lined with cupcake wrappers and bake at 180C for 12-15 minutes or until golden and a skewer comes out clean.

    Make the frosting by whisking the egg whites in a heatproof bowl until soft peak stage. Add castor sugar and whisk over simmering water until the meringue is hot to the touch. Remove from the heat and beat on high with a hand mixer until cool. Whip in the vanilla. Place in a piping bag and pipe onto cupcakes immediately.

    Recipe and image courtesy of The Kate Tin

    By Nadia Valentyn, Venue Manager & Wedding Planner


  • Mother’s Day breakfast brûlée

    Posted on May 9, 2013 by Nadia Valentyn

    This Sunday is Mother's Day, a special time to honour and pamper your mom. We think that the perfect Mother's Day should start with breakfast in bed, which is why we adore this beautiful breakfast idea by The Kate Tin blog.

    Ingredients:
    ¼ cup raspberries pomegranate rubies 1 tsp rose water (optional)
    ¼ cup toasted muesli
    1 small pot fat-free plain yoghurt
    1 tbsp light brown sugar

    Place the raspberries and a few pomegranate rubies in a small bowl and sprinkle with rose water. Spoon some of the muesli into the bottom of a pretty teacup then top with a layer of yoghurt.

    Next, sprinkle the marinated fruit over the yoghurt and repeat until the cup is full, ending with a layer of yoghurt.

    Just before serving, sprinkle the brown sugar on top and caramelize with a blowtorch or under a preheated hot grill until golden, melted and crisp. Garnish with extra berries and serve.

    Recipe and image courtesy of The Kate Tin

    By Nadia Valentyn, Venue Manager & Wedding Planner


  • Property showcase: Modern chic with minimalist styling

    Posted on May 9, 2013 by Admin





    Refreshingly clean lines abound in this modern home with clean white spaces & feature textured walls.

    Open plan living with two lounge areas, dining area, Euro styled kitchen with induction hob and a separate scullery. Lovely private entertainment patio with a splash pool.

    Spacious Master bedroom downstairs, with dressing area and a stunning bathroom with courtyard garden. Upstairs there are two additional bedrooms with an adjoining family bathroom.

    BONUS staff accommodation!

    R4.85m

    Please contact Val de Vie Property for more information about this exceptional property.











  • Add some "wow" to your Winter wedding

    Posted on May 8, 2013 by Elsje Human

    Are you planning a Winter wedding? Then it's time to embrace the unique beauty of the coldest season. Draw on the cool colours of Winter as your inspiration, such as crisp white and delicate grey. Then add some shine with vintage gold and silver, pearls and elegant lace.

    By Elsje Human, Events Assistant


  • May wine specials

    Posted on May 7, 2013 by Admin

    Stock up on some fine Val de Vie Wines with our our fantastic May specials!

    The Val de Vie Shiraz 2008 is available in limited cases for R700 per case of 6. It features a rich nose with nuances of plum, vanilla and white chocolate, perfect for cold winter nights with hearty beef casseroles or game dishes. Click here to buy now.

    The Val de Vie GVC 2007 is available in limited cases for R300 per case of 6. It's elegantly wooded, with floral notes, a citrus zest and honey undertone goes perfect with a spicy oriental curry and Thai food. Click here to buy now.


  • An Italian Inspired Wedding

    Posted on May 7, 2013 by Admin

    This week The Pretty Blog has created a simply gorgeous Italian-inspired wedding theme that we can't get enough of! The look is ideal for Autumn, with a rustic festa ambience featuring burnt orange and plum flowers matched with dusty blooms and natural elements.

    Visit The Pretty Blog to view more stunning photos.






  • A French Love Story: Part 2

    Posted on May 7, 2013 by Simone de Wet

    France is so often associated with all things romantic, and it's no wonder why: picture the allure of Paris, the city of Lights, the lingering scent of classic Chanel perfume, the taste of real Champagne and the sheer decadence of macarons and petit fours. Add some romance to your week with some French inspired romance. What's not to love?

    By Simone de Wet, Managing Director Events


  • Wine hits the right notes

    Posted on May 7, 2013 by Harold

    Today our winemaker, Harold Versfeld, takes a look at the remarkable correlations betweeen wine and music. We couldn't agree more!

    As a person who loves music, it is very easy to compare the wine to music. There are many similarities, like the artistic expression, the volume, the base (round mouth-feel), treble (acidity), balance and uniqueness that each wine or song can carry over. So if I had to compare my cultivars to music, this is how I would make the connection.

    Shiraz

    Metallica: such great diversity that you would find the differences between albums very significant. From the racy Master of Puppets, to St. Anger where it sound like Lars Ulrich is beating an empty paint can, to the soft and rhythmic melodies of S&M, where the symphony adds a classical element, almost directly the opposite of what you would expect from the hard-core rockers. Shiraz is exactly the same. When you compare our different components from the various regions, you would find the variation very intriguing. From the very racy and precise Botrivier, to the palette-pounding Paarl, to the elegant and structured Swartland, there is something to find for every taste.

    Mourvedre

    Santana: If you look at Santana’s music, he is able to add so much to any artist that he collaborates with. He adds class and finesse, and he spices things up! The same with Mourvedre, you can blend it with almost any wine and it enhances the profile immensely. And don’t forget that spice that it adds.

    Grenache

    Dire Straits: While Mark Knopfler can be misinterpreted as a love-sick puppy, there is so much more to his music. When he picks up that Fender Strat and starts making harmonious love to your eardrums, you realise that there is so much sustenance in the beat, the vocals and rhythm. The intricacy, complexity and structured layers make for fine listening. The same with Grenache. You would think that this fruit driven nose will deliver a pansy wine. But alas, once the big notes and grippy palette starts caressing you mouth, you know, this is not the Boy George you perceived it to be. I love Dire Straits!

    Carignan

    U2: You sometime forget how good U2 is. You would write them off and say that this will definitely be their last album. But then you get a taste of new one, and you think “dammit, they have done it again”. And then you have a play list, and somehow you miss them on there. The same applies to Carignan. You forget how important it is to completing a blend. And every year, you can count on Carignan consistently performing in the cellar. And if you don’t have it in your blend, you surely do miss it!

    Cinsaut

    Pink Floyd: Cinsaut has reached an impasse, and is making a storming comeback in the world of wine. More specifically, Cinsaut is the Dark Side of the Moon album. Pink Floyd was around for a very long time, but saved their masterpiece for their 8th album. It was a pivotal moment is music history, just establishing how truly magnificent the band has become. Staying in the charts for the better part of 740 weeks, it was, and still is, iconic. The same goes for Cinsaut. Even though it has been appreciated in the past, we are finding Cinsaut to be at its most celebrated and methodically well-crafted state in its illustrious history. This too has the potential to become iconic.

    Petit Sirah

    Chris Chameleon: For those of you who know Chris Chameleon, you know that he can take on any role, has a vocal range broader than Beyonce’s hips and presence bigger than Alex Fergusson’s ego. As Petit would suggest, it is small grape, but as Chris Chameleon would suggest, even though it is small, it packs a big punch, with a great variety of characteristics and the ability to perform almost every task you need it for.

    As for the white wines, The Travelling Wilbury's is best way to describe each cultivar:

    Grenache Blanc

    George Harrison: even though it is one of the lesser known cultivars, it is the basis that forms our blend. Without it, it would never be as great as it is. Just as George Harrison is the founding father and the core of the Wilbury’s, in exactly the same way Grenache Blanc holds the blend together with its big heart and artistic integrity.

    Viognier

    Bob Dylan: the element that adds the most character to our blend. Quite often very high in alcohol, as a blood sample would prove, both Viognier and Bob Dylan are the element that adds fun, spice and eccentricity to the final product.

    Clairette Blanche

    Tom Petty: Both lighter in volume and colour, Tom Petty is the element that brings the crispy treble to the blend. He tones down the seriousness, and lightens the mood. Even though he will be thought of as the “little brother” he certainly won’t back down, as he has mentioned in the past. The same applies to the Clairette Blanche. It freshens up the blend, with crisp acidity and low alcohol. Without Tom Petty, the Wilbury’s will definitely not be the same.

    Rousanne

    Jeff Lynne: the most unknown of the Wilbury’s, but one of the most important. Being producer and multi-instrumentalist, his role has gone somewhat unnoticed.  In the same way, the role of Rousanne is underestimated, and seldom given the credit. It is fantastic cultivar to work with, as it produces even though the attention it receives is not at all to the magnitude of the rest. The working class hero, if you will.

    Ugni Blanc = Roy Orbison: the one that the band has to live without. Unfortunately Roy Orbison died a premature death, very similar to that of Ugni Blanc. Ugni Blanc, or known as Trebbiano, is very often used in what is commonly referred to as Beaujolais Nouveau styles wines. Made to have a very low alcohol in a very fresh style, this wine is not made to mature, something that I strive for at Val de Vie. It’s inability to age thus made me use the metaphor for premature death. Sometime in the near future I hope to make a wine in this style, just to show people in SA that there can be good wine made in this style.

    Some more wine comparisons:

    Sauvignon Blanc = Led Zeppelin BBC Sessions Acoustic live set. Crisp, clean and a popular choice. A Classic!

    Cab Franc = Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture. Dramatic, epic, ecstatic. Taking the mickey out of Merlot. (as Tchaikovsky did with Le Marseillaise)

    Chenin Blanc = The National Anthem. There is something that everybody likes about it!

    Pinotage = Afrikaans Rock. It used to be bad, but innovation has helped it gain quality and popularity.

    Low Alcohol Rose = the Bulls singing “Stand by me”. Not to be taken seriously.


  • Lizanne & Renier's Wedding Day

    Posted on May 6, 2013 by Admin

    Lizanne and Renier celebrated their stunning wedding at Val de Vie Estate and we were so delighted to have been part of the day. Apart from the beautiful ceremony and the fun-filled festivities, the decor scheme was a real highlight, featuring pops of vibrant colours such as violet, pink and cerise.

    Photography by Inecke.










  • A French Love Story: Part 1

    Posted on May 3, 2013 by Simone de Wet

    If you thought romance was passé in Paris, all you have to do is look at Paris bridges to see it is being displayed in full force. The Paris “love locks” are back.

    The love padlocks have been a phenomenon in cities as varied as Belgium to Japan.

    For those of you who haven’t heard of them, here's the story. A couple writes their names on a padlock and locks it onto one of the bridges. They then throw the key into the Seine River as a symbol of their undying love.

    As BonjourParis reported last year, the locks on the Pont des Arts near the Louvre were cut off, reportedly by the government. But romance beats politics in Paris and the locks can now be seen on two Paris bridges: Pont des Arts and Pont de l'Archevêché.

    Happy Love Locking!

    By Simone de Wet, Managing Director Events


  • Duonay and Liana's Wedding Day

    Posted on May 3, 2013 by Admin

    Inecke Photography has beautifully captured Duonay and Liana's Wedding Day that took place at Val de Vie Estate. The skies may have been grey, but that did nothing to dampen the spirits of this gorgeous occasion. Elegant floral decor by Fresh Collection included a symphony of cream and white blooms, such as tulips, roses and lilies. Tables were tastefully adorned in shades of white and accents of deep blue.










  • Val de Vie Estate featured in African Wedding Style

    Posted on April 29, 2013 by Admin

    We're delighted to be featured on African Wedding Style, a design & inspiration resource to brides planning their weddings in Africa. The site features the most exclusive venues and vendors available as well as the most fresh and inspiring designs.

    We love what they had to say about out Events Coorindation service and venue:

    "The Val de Vie Coordination Team ensures that every celebration is a unique occasion, with every small detail attended to by industry experts. Expect nothing less than the exceptional."


  • Winter delight

    Posted on April 29, 2013 by Elsje Human

    Winter can be a wonderfully atmospheric time to hold a wedding: cosy venues, hearty food and the warm glow of candle light immediately spring to ming. But even if it's cold outside, there's no reason that you can't have a wedding dress and decor that still has a sense of lightness and delicate romance. Add lace sleeves to your dress for extra warmth, serve guests frothy cups of hot chocolate, create dreamy cream-coloured bouquets from seasonal flowers and add some sparkle with diamante. Winter will never have felt so fresh!

    By Elsje Human, Events Assistant


  • Smart Winter style

    Posted on April 26, 2013 by Elsje Human

    Winter is just around the corner and we're smitten with this classic look. Opt for tailored coats, smart leather bags and classic black boots in a palette of black and khaki or camel.

    By Elsje Human, Events Assistant


  • Less is more

    Posted on April 26, 2013 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    I'm loving the simplicity of minimalist homeware. Instead of ornate patterns or intricate designs, these pieces are clean and beautifully simple.

    By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


  • Carla and Craig's Val de Vie wedding

    Posted on April 24, 2013 by Admin

    FJS Productions have created an absolutely stunning video of Carla and Craig's Val de Vie Full Coordination wedding. Carla is the owner of Secret Diary, which produces some of the finest wedding stationery in South Africa. The special day was a celebration of love, happiness and all things beautiful.


  • Val de Vie Estate hosts the Infiniti 4 Nations Invitational Polo Tournament

    Posted on April 24, 2013 by Admin

    Val de Vie Estate hosted the Infiniti 4 Nations Polo Invitational Polo Tournament on the 20thApril 2013 and the event has been described as a great success. With Infiniti as the head sponsor, the invitational teams included Nigeria, Pakistan, Holland and South Africa.

    The event ended the polo season on a high note and highlighted how the sport has enjoyed phenomenal growth and recognition in the past year. Alec Combrink, Infiniti Cape Town’s Dealer Principle, observed that "Infiniti Cape Town is proud to be part of the Infiniti 4 Nations Polo event at Val de Vie and feels that the event is a wonderful opportunity to expose potential customers to our luxurious brand."

    Mr Combrink opened the Plate Final, which saw Nigeria taking on Holland in a fast paced match and Nigeria winning 6-4.  Several of the competing ponies were supplied by Val De Vie Polo Club and were in top sporting condition.

    South Africa played against Pakistan in an exhilarating Final Match in which Pakistan won 5-2. The winning team was awarded the glittering trophy by Michele Stuurman from Carrol Boyes along with generous prizes from Rudy Project, Polo SA, Val de Vie Wines, Polo World and asparkly Cap Classique from GM & Ahrens.

    The tournament was commentated byMr.Gavin Kanigowski from Cape Town Polo Club and kept guests on the edge of their seats and up to speed with the rules of the sport. Olympic medallist and Val de Vie Estate Marketing Director, Ryk Neethling was MC of the event, while Val de Vie Events coordinated all the elements of the day. Chic, corporate-inspired decor with shades of black and white set the scene for guests to enjoy the polo, relax and network. Gentleman guests, not to mention some curious ladies, were treated to get a feel of driving some of the elegant Infiniti cars on display.

    Charl du Plessis was named as the Most Valued Polo Player, while the Best Playing Polo Pony prize went to Bubbles, who is owned by Mr. Martin Venter and ridden by Mr. Lance Anderson. The day ended with three cheers saluting the polo ponies' valorous play and guests enjoyed the rest of the evening celebrating in the Polo Club Restaurant and Pavilion.















  • Precious metals

    Posted on April 23, 2013 by Admin

    Gold and silver are associated with glamour and a sense of opulence, but they needn't be over the top or too showy. Rose gold, soft shades of silver and subtle touches of metallic detailing look so pretty and feminine - the perfect way to add some sparkle without the bling.

    By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


  • Exciting entertainment at The Filly’s Annual Casino Charity Event

    Posted on April 23, 2013 by Admin

    The Filly’s will be hosting the annual fund raiser on Friday 3 May at the Val de Vie Estate and the event promises some fantastic live entertainment! Kurt Darren will sing some of his popular hits and there will also be a Blues Jazz Band, Burlesque dancers and a solo artist.

    It's an evening that's definitely not to missed, with a glamorous Harlem Nights theme. Be sure to book your tickets on our website.

    Ticket details
    Tickets cost R 250.00 p/p or R 500.00 p/p for drinks package.

    Package one: R250.00 p/p includes a welcome drink, R200 “funny money”, bowl food tables, entertainment and a ticket to one of the lucky draws. BUY TICKETS NOW

    Package Two: R500.00 p/p includes all as per package one, R250.00 drinks vouchers and a free bottle of wine. BUY TICKETS NOW


  • Happy anniversary to Ammie and Appel

    Posted on April 22, 2013 by Admin

    We would like to wish Ammie and Appel a very happy anniversary. We were so delighted to have coordinated their beautiful West Coast wedding last year on 21 April and we wish them all the happiness in the future ahead.


  • Pure simplicity

    Posted on April 19, 2013 by Simone de Wet

    This week we're so inspired by simple, pure styling that focuses on clean lines and colours. Black, white, cream and soft pink make a chic combination, creating a look that is all about subtlety and refinement. This is elegance at its best.

    By Simone de Wet, Managing Director Events


  • Meet our new Equestrian Manager

    Posted on April 18, 2013 by Admin

    We're proud to introduce Val de Vie Estates’s new Equestrian Manager, Kelly Tamarind Mathias. Whether you'd like to learn from the best or stable you horses in world-class facilities, Val de Vie's stable and livery facilities are in a league of their own.

    We have the beautiful backdrop of the Simonsberg mountains on our outrides, top quality polo fields, a 90 x 90 grass exercise field, a sand training track and three sand lunging rings with brand new jumping equipment including planks, trays and fillers. The estate also provides 24-hour supervision and full grooming and livery services at the stables. To top it off, horses and ponies enjoy grazing on large open grass paddocks.

    Please do not hesitate to contact Kelly should you require any additional information: kelly.mathias@valdevie.co.za


  • Corporate events at Val de Vie

    Posted on April 9, 2013 by Admin

    Val de Vie Estate is an exceptional setting for any type of corporate event, from functions, team building and conferencing to intimate business meetings, lavish cocktail parties, product launches and year-end functions. Our team can coordinate every aspect of your event, making the entire process as stress-free and efficient as possible. Take advantage of our unique offerings, such as a private polo match with your company's branding, or perhaps wine tasting and blending with our winemaker, a great way to enjoy team building in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley.

    We are proud to have hosted numerous top corporate businesses and brands, including Investec, Nikon, Veuve Clicquot, ABSA and BMW.

    Please view our brochure for more details or contact the events team at 021 863 6191, we'd love to hear from you.


  • US Polo Assn. photo shoot at Val de Vie

    Posted on April 9, 2013 by Admin

    Check out this video of the gorgeous US Polo Assn. photo shoot that was held at Val de Vie. Filmed by Big Sky Productions, it offers a behind the scenes look at all the beautiful clothes, models and scenery. U.S. Polo Assn. brand products are authentic and officially sanctioned by the United States Polo Association, the governing body for the sport of polo in the United States since 1890. We love their elegant style and are so proud to have been the venue for the shoot.


  • Infiniti 4 Nations Polo Tournament Final

    Posted on April 8, 2013 by Admin


  • Visit the Market at Val de Vie this Sunday!

    Posted on April 4, 2013 by Admin

    The Market at Val de Vie is back this Sunday, 7 April, and promises to have loads of gorgeous local goodies on sale! Savour fine foods, discover stunning crafts and wares, listen to live music and enjoy the action of a live polo match. Kids can take part in a variety of fun activities, including a delightful petting zoo by Zoo to You, face painting by Bazinga and a tricycle track for toddlers.

    The market will be held between 10AM and 3PM, see you there!

    Photos by Inecke Photography






  • Fitness Fun: The Ladies Triathlon and Duathlon at Val de Vie

    Posted on April 3, 2013 by Admin

    Val de Vie Estate hosted the second Ladies only Triathlon and Duathlon on 24 March 2013, in association with Western Province Triathlon.

    The event consisted of four categories:
    - Ladies triathlon 600m swim, 16km cycle and 4km run
    - Ladies sprint Triathlon 300m swim, 8km cycle and 2km run
    - Ladies Duathlon 4km run, 8km cycle and 2km run
    - Girlie super sprint 200m swim, 8km cycle and 2km run

    All the girls had to do an open water swim in one of the beautiful Val de Vie dams, followed by a cycle through the estate and the Valentia farm followed by a run on the estate.

    The event was very successful: all the entrants completed the race! There were a lot of first time triathletes and all finished with big smiles. Well done to you all, next year we will be back!

    Results:

    Ladies triathlon 600m swim, 16km cycle and 4km run
    1. ROBYN WILLIAMS 1:01:11
    2. MADELIEF ROUX 1:03:29
    3. MARIÃ HEATLIE 1:06:29

    TEAM
    1. Sue Bosch / Charmain Van der Merwe 1:15:10
    2. Sofie Moens 1:31:50
    Andrie van Niekerk 1:55:01

    Ladies sprint Triathlon 300m swim, 8km cycle and 2km run
    1. SIMONE FAULMANN 38:35:00
    2. LYNN BRENNAN 39:07:00
    3. TANYA DUTOIT 41:00:00

    Ladies Duathlon 4km run, 8km cycle and 2km run
    1. DEBRA ROSSOUW 52:27:00
    2. JO VANDYK 56:29:00
    3. RESIA SWART 56:57:00

    Girlie super sprint 200m swim, 8km cycle and 2km run
    1. LIEZE VANHEERDEN 0:42:47
    2. TATUM MAHER 0:42:57
    3. TAYLOR-DREW THOMSON 0:53:07






  • Amazing Homemade Pesto

    Posted on April 2, 2013 by Nadia Valentyn

    Here's a delicious recipe for basil pesto that's super easy to make and so versatile. Stir the pesto into pasta or cous cous, spread it onto crunchy toasted bruschetta or put a small dollop onto a baked potato.

    Ingredients
    4 cups packed basil leaves
    5 cloves garlic
    ½ cup butter
    2 cups parmesan cheese
    olive oil
    a handful of pine nuts or walnuts

    Put first four ingredients into bowl of food processor in order given: mash as many basil leaves in as you can, just as long as you leave a few inches of space at the top of the bowl, then add garlic, slice up the butter on top, and put the cheese on top of that. Pulse and gradually add olive oil until mixture is the consistency of thick paste. (Taste at this point and see if it needs more of anything.) Add nuts and continue to blend. Once done, spoon into jars and keep in fridge until ready to enjoy.

    By Nadia Valentyn, Venue Manager & Wedding Planner


  • Johann and Janine's beautiful wedding video

    Posted on March 27, 2013 by Admin

    We simply adore Vision of Fire's wonderful video of Johann and Janine's wedding at Val de Vie! With the romantic music of Riana Nel as a backdrop, it's a beautifully put together work that celebrates all the day's special moments.


  • Dare to be different

    Posted on March 27, 2013 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Sometimes it's fun to be different and a bit daring! I love these quirky designs which celebrate the strange and unexpected: a classic platter gets livened up with a modern splash of yellow, a bracelet that playfully twists around your arm, a dark layered skirt with a shocking pink lining and an antique cabinet that opens up to reveal dozens of compartments. Fun elements of surprise really make a design or a look stand out, adding a wonderful sense of intrigue and indiviuality.

    By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


  • In pictures: The Market at Val de Vie

    Posted on March 26, 2013 by Admin

    Val de Vie Estate hosted its first market on 24 March 2013. As the first market of its kind in the Paarl-Franschhoek valley, the event was a great success and attracted over 1000 visitors to the estate.

    Held twice a month on the Polo Pavilion’s terraces, the Market at Val de Vie showcases some of the region’s finest local produce in a spectacular country setting. Visitors had the opportunity to discover lovingly crafted goods as they enjoyed sunshine, smiles and festive atmosphere.

    18 irresistible food stands presented a variety of delicious homemade fare, ranging from oysters, pies and gourmet delicacies to decadent sweet treats. There was no shortage of refreshment either, with seven drink stations selling wines, bubbly, local beers and fresh juices.

    Beautiful clothes, jewellery and homeware were also on sale, lovingly made by Different, Handmade by Me, Roxanne, Wild Orchid Boutique, 22kids, Louw van Heerden, Daffadowndilly, Poloworld International, Patatie Designs, Lullybay and Dakota Fashion Wear. To top it off, the works of acclaimed artist Louis Janse van Vuuren were displayed in the pavilion’s foyer, while Alta Venter’s works could be viewed in the Polo Club Restaurant.

    Apart from the all the tempting goods on offer, there was something for everyone at the market. Patrons were entertained by an exciting game of polo, chocolate and bubbly pairings by Pongracz and live music by Sven Blumer. Children were treated to a variety of fun activities, including a delightful petting zoo by Zoo to You. Bazinga entertained kids with face paint and balloons, while toddlers loved riding around the tricycle track.

    The next Market at Val de Vie will be held between 10AM and 3PM on 7 April and promises to be another must-attend event.

    Photos by Inecke Photography







  • Golden glamour

    Posted on March 26, 2013 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Gold is glamorous colour that always makes a bold style statement. If you prefer a look that's a bit less showy, choose subtle antique hues of gold that are less about bling and more about class. It's a refined style that retains the grand impact of gold, but with a more understated ambience.

    By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


  • Pedal power

    Posted on March 25, 2013 by Iza Slabbert

    These gorgeous, whimsical photos were taken for the January lookbook of Free People, and we love their free-spirited, bohemian style. They really make one want to hop on a bike and go for a relaxed ride to somewhere beautiful.

    View more images at www.79ideas.org.

    By Iza Slabbert, Event Coordinator & Marketing Manager


  • Pretty personalised totes

    Posted on March 25, 2013 by Iza Slabbert

    We love the idea of personalised totes as a bridal gift idea. They look so pretty and they won't be expensive to make, so they are truly the perfect personalised pressie for your bridal party.

    Images courtesy of Pinterest

    By Iza Slabbert, Event Coordinator & Marketing Manager


  • Natural beauty

    Posted on March 20, 2013 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    There is almost no beauty that compares to that of nature and fashion has long taken inspiration from the natural world. Combine natural textures such as ostrich feathers, leather and linen with glamorous elements such as lace or diamante. We love soft, sepia coloured hues such as dusky pinks and shades of cream, which add a touch of class to the style.

    By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


  • Visit the Market at Val de Vie this Sunday!

    Posted on March 20, 2013 by Admin

    Here's to Bubbly Sundays


  • Handmade by me is coming to the Market at Val de Vie

    Posted on March 20, 2013 by Admin

    We're thrilled that Handmade by me are going to be selling their stunning fabrics and interior products at our new market on 24 March 2013! Held between 10AM and 3PM at the terraces of our pavilion, the market will showcase some of the finest local producers. There will be so much to enjoy, such as delicious foods, bubbly, wine tastings, kids activities and even an exiciting polo match.

    Be sure to look out for Handmade by me, which was founded by Sera Holland, a graphic and textile designer based in Cape Town. Handmade by me produces bespoke fabrics which are made into handmade interior products. They also have a wallpaper range. The fabrics are all high quality natural fiber textiles, and are either digitally printed with eco-friendly water-based inks or screenprinted locally. To find out more, visit the Handmade by me website, or visit their blog to read about their write-up on the market.



  • DIY Lavender Mason Jar Candles

    Posted on March 20, 2013 by Iza Slabbert

    We love the idea of personalised gifts. They're a wonderful opportunity to make a special gesture to someone you love, and to explore your own creativity. These DIY Lavender Mason Jar Candles look stunning and with the right tools for the job, they're not difficult to make! The candles can be infused with your favourite scent and colour,allowing you to create something truly personalised and unique.

    Visit A Pumpkin and a Princess for the full set of instructions. Happy candle making!

    Image courtesy of A Pumpkin and a Princess


  • Sweeten your day with Choco-Almond Truffles

    Posted on March 18, 2013 by Iza Slabbert

    It's the start of another week, so why not sweeten your Monday with these delectable truffles? They are so quick to make and look utterly irresistable. We think they would also be perfect as a decadent tea time treat or as part of a dessert table at an event. Visit Green Kitchen Stories for more mouthwatering recipes, yum!

    Seven minute Choco-Almond Truffles
    Makes 15-20

    15 large medjool dates, pitted
    100 g dried shredded coconut, unsweetened
    100 g raw almonds or nuts of choice
    2 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil, room temperature
    4 tbsp cacao powder
    1 tbsp water
    1 tsp ground cinnamon

    Mix all the ingredients in a food processor for about 1 minute or until it forms up like a ball. Remove the knife blades from the food processor. Place the mixture in the fridge for about 10 minutes. Then form 15 – 20 small round truffles with your hands; they should be half the size of a golf ball. Roll the truffles in cocoa powder, finely chopped almonds, shredded coconut or rolledoats. Place in the fridge for 20 minutes before serving.

    If you do not have a strong food processor or blender, just place your pitted dates on a plate and mash with a fork until they are sticky and smooth as caramel. Then add the rest of the ingredients and knead by hand until well combined. Place in the fridge and follow the steps above.

    Recipe and image courtesy of Green Kitchen Stories.


  • Win with the Ladies Only Triathlon and Duathlon

    Posted on March 15, 2013 by Admin

    Val de Vie is proud to be hosting the second Ladies Only Triathlon and Duathlon on 24 March 2012. This off road event specifically aimed at female competitors and their participation in sport and wellness either as an individual or part of a team. Both the Triathlon and Duathlon allow for a choice of distances with team or individual entries to accommodate various levels of fitness and ability.

    Fantastic prizes up for grabs

    If you follow the event on Facebook and Twitter, you can stand a chance to win one of many Hammer Nutrition and ladies clothing give away hampers!

    You can also enter the race on the event's offical website, it's guaranteed to be a fun-filled day!


  • Isabella Niehaus, our favourite market madame

    Posted on March 15, 2013 by Admin

    The first Market at Val de Vie is going to be held on Sunday 24 March and will include a host of talented local craftsmen and producers. Bella Isabella Niehaus will be selling mouthwatering country fare from West Coast, with delicious seafood dishes and hearty platteland cooking. As a self-confessed market madame, today she talks about her love for markets and her excitement for our upcoming event:

    "Once you’re bitten by the market bug, it’s here to stay! Exchanging designer flats and magazine fashion spreads for the love of a food market was not on my shopping list a few years ago. But, here I am: a real market madame and loving every minute of it!

    It all started four years ago with organizing a lovely little fresh food market on the West Coast. Last year the big challenge came: bring platteland cooking and delicacies (hartskos) to city tables! That is exactly what the Palms Food Market in Woodstock offers: wonderful quality and homemade fare.

    Every Friday there is so much excitement here in Langebaan on my Dune. I rush to collect fresh oysters and mussels and then settle down with a strong pot of coffee, ready to prepare the dough for the quiches and steam the mussels for the famous mussel bobotie (mmm, you have to taste this). I even venture into the freezing water in the early evening to collect a bottle of seawater for opening the oysters. Late at night I pack my shopping trolley (my car!) and at 6:00 on Saturday morning, I hit the R27 to Cape Town. When I reach Woodstock, it’s the start of another amazing, fun-filled and beautiful Saturday!

    Although I was adamant that one market a week is enough, I was bowled over by the amazing enthusiasm of the events team of Val de Vie Estate. What can a market madame do but join this energetic young crowd, two Sundays a month, with a wonderful seafood table!

    Perhaps markets are so popular because each one has its own character and unique set of offerings. Visitors can enjoy the beauty of Val de Vie, the romance of polo, a host of stalls under yellow umbrellas, stunning goods from artists such as Louis Jansen van Vuuren, as well as a glass or two of Pongracz.

    Every market must have its own individual stamp, and I’m proud to say that we achieved that with the market at The Palms. It’s all about homemade foods, a relaxed atmosphere and beautiful buildings right in the heart of the city.

    The Market at Val de Vie is going to be an eclectic mix with wonderful homemade foods, crafts, clothes and so much more. I can’t wait to watch my first polo match too, and just fill my soul with the beauty of the surroundings, watching people enjoy their delicious eats! So be sure to come and visit us next Sunday at Val de Vie, I can’t wait!"

    The Market at Val de Vie will be held from 10am to 3pm bi-monthly on Sundays at Val de Vie’s scenic terrace, which overlooks the polo fields.


  • Stylish ceramics on sale at the Market at Val de Vie

    Posted on March 14, 2013 by Admin

    It's not long until we'll be hosting our first market at Val de Vie, and we can't wait! A host of talented local craftsmen and producers will be selling their goods at the estate on Sunday 24 March, and it's the perfect opportunity for you to discover what the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley has to offer.

    Artist Louis Jansen van Vuuren will be selling his gorgeous range of ceramics, so be sure to look out for his contemporary stoneware pieces. Every single plate and bowl is slightly different as they are handmade. The design elements are uniquely considered regarding size, scale and placement on the images on the tableware. Please click here to download their pricelist and catalogue, or read this article in Die Burger that discusses his works.

    The Details

    The Market at Val de Vie will be held from 10am to 3pm bi-monthly on Sundays at Val de Vie’s scenic terrace, which overlooks the polo fields.


  • The Filly’s Annual Casino Charity Event

    Posted on March 8, 2013 by Admin

    The Filly’s will be hosting the annual fund raiser on Friday 3 May at the Val de Vie Estate.  The theme this year is Harlem Nights and it's not to be missed, so be sure to book your tickets on our website.

    Ticket details
    Tickets cost R 250.00 p/p or R 500.00 p/p for drinks package.

    Package one: R250.00 p/p includes a welcome drink, R200 “funny money”, bowl food tables, entertainment and a ticket to one of the lucky draws. BUY TICKETS NOW

    Package Two: R500.00 p/p includes all as per package one, R250.00 drinks vouchers and a free bottle of wine. BUY TICKETS NOW


  • Top Billing at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013

    Posted on March 8, 2013 by Admin

    If you missed Top Billing's showcase of the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013, you can check out all the glamour in this fabulous video. We're thrilled that the Top Billing team were part of this event, which celebrated all the finer things in life. We can't wait for next year!


  • Happy Anniversary to Christine and Bobby!

    Posted on March 8, 2013 by Admin

    Val de Vie would like to wish Christine and Bobby a very happy anniversary this weekend. This wonderful couple celebrated their wedding at Val de Vie on 9 March 2012 and it was such a pleasure to be party of their special day. We wish them all the best for their future together.


  • Add some glitz to your stationery

    Posted on March 7, 2013 by Iza de Lange

    If you're planning an extravagant party or a show-stopping wedding, then your stationery has to entice guests with suitably glitzy styling. Combine the classic elegance of black and white with shades of gold to make a dazzling statement. These stunning invitations by Secret Diary Designs really convey a sense of glamour, style and occasion - they make us want to put on our favourite little black dresses, sip on cocktails and glam up!

    By Iza De Lange, Event Coordinator & Marketing Manager


  • Tune in to Top Billing tonight!

    Posted on March 5, 2013 by Admin

    Val de Vie was thrilled to be featured on the Expresso Show last week. With Jen Su as their guest presenter, the show takes a look at the highlights of the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013 and also interviews some of the celebrity guests.

    Tune into Top Billing tonight at 8pm on SABC 3 for their look at the event, it's guaranteed to be sensational!


  • The musical magic of Ike Moriz

    Posted on March 5, 2013 by Admin

    International SA pop star, singer, producer and actor Ike Moriz has received wide acclaim for his 13 albums ranging from original melodic indie Rock/Pop to Latin/Easy Listening and Jazzy Swing (all available on iTunes). He is a music specialist, with more than 15 years of experience and a tremendous passion for the industry. He offers top quality entertainment for weddings, receptions, functions, corporate events, festivals etc., with several hundred songs in his repertoire – covering various genres of music, ranging from Jazz, Swing and Latin to Pop and Rock influences.

    He has performed at most of the major venues in South Africa, was voted one of the top 5 singers in South Africa in 2006, and he is currently one of the most popular professional male singers in the country.

    Due to his diversity, Ike can be considered as a brilliant artist to entertain your guests, no matter what function you are planning.

    Some of his most recent performances include entertaining guests at the prestigious Victoria & Alfred Hotel in Cape Town (New Year's Eve as well as Christmas Day 2012) and can be seen live at some of South Africa's best 5 star Hotels and Restaurants in both Johannesburg and Cape Town. He was also the resident artist at the Cape Grace Hotel as well as at the luxurious 12 Apostles Hotel from 2010 to 2011.

    Ike has just released “Siren Terpsichore”, his 13th studio album to date, which has already been described as the “Crown jewel of original SA swing” (CD Baby). Composed, produced & recorded by Ike himself, it contains 14 beautifully crafted, brand-new songs in the Jazz/Swing/Latin genre.

    To find out more about Ike's music and hiring him for your event, be sure to visit his website or his Facebook page.


  • Cucumber and Vanilla Jam

    Posted on March 4, 2013 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    It's might be Monday, but the beautiful sunny weather in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley is keeping the Monday blues at bay. This recipe for Cucumber and Vanilla Jam is delightfully different and the perfect addition to a light summer lunch. It's so easy to make and even easier to enjoy!

    By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


  • Vintage chic stationery

    Posted on March 1, 2013 by Iza de Lange

    Vintage styling is a look that's endured in popularity for the past few years, and it shows no sign of losing its popularity. This moodboard by Secret Diary Designs captures the charm of this nostalgic style, using elegant script typography, lacy trims and decorative patterns.

    By Iza De Lange, Event Coordinator & Marketing Manager


  • Twisted Lifestyle attends the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013

    Posted on February 28, 2013 by Admin

    Twisted Lifestyle attended the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013 and we love the gorgeous photos that Ross took of the day. They truly capture the glamour of the event, as well as the fun that was had by all. As he puts it, "Thoroughbreds, elegance and champagne were experienced in abundance, while smiles, good conversation and quality friends rounded up a wonderful day out at Val de Vie."

    Be sure to visit the Twisted Lifestyle blog to view more photos and to read their full write-up.

    Images courtesy of Twisted Lifestyle.







  • The Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013 makes headlines

    Posted on February 27, 2013 by Admin

    Best Dressed Couple Elrico Bellingan and Ritza van Rensburg

    The Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013 was held on Saturday 23 February and it's been making headlines across the media. Check out Sport24's take on the event, as well as their fabulous image gallery that showcases the glamour of the day. As they put it,  the occasion "proved, once again, to be one of the most sophisticated and elegant events on the South African social calendar." We couldn't agree more!


  • Denzil Jacobs visits the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013

    Posted on February 26, 2013 by Admin

    Celebrity photographer Denzil Jacobs attended the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013 this weekend and we love his glamorous photos from the event. A host of VIP guests attended the event, including Jeannie D, Jennifer Su, Thulane Hadebe, Lee-Anne Summers, Natalie Becker, Leizel van der Westhuizen, Marilize de Clercq and Sonia Booth. Be sure to visit Denzil's website to find out more about his take on the fun-filled day.

    Images courtesy of Denzil Jacobs.



  • Take a glance at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013

    Posted on February 25, 2013 by Admin

    The Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013 was held this past weekend and what a magnificent event it was! The day was filled with all things fabulous: high fashion, polo action, decadent food, VIPs, a Bentley car parade, an Elizabeth Arden pampering lounge and fine Champagne and wines. The prestige event was co-owned and coordinated by Val de Vie Events and Vivid Luxury, with a host of sponsors that included
    Veuve Clicquot, Polo world, BlackBerry, Carrol Boyes, Hilton Weiner, Whimsical Nomad, Haagen Daz, Elizabeth Arden, Jenny Button, Bentley and Hospitality Partner, Equus. Media partners included SABC 3, who will broadcast their coverage at the following times:

    Top Billing –  Tuesday, 05 March 2013 at 20:00 onwards; and
    Expresso – Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 at 7:30 / 7:45
    Bravo - VCM 2013 to air on Thursday 28th February @ 19h30 on kykNET.

    Guests were treated to a gorgeous fashion show by Jenni Button and Hilton Weiner, after which Team Val de Vie beat Veuve Clicquot in an exciting polo match that had everyone enthralled. These photos by Martin de Kock are just a peek at how much fun was had by all, be sure to look out for more photos during the course of the week!

    The Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013
    The Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013
    The Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013


  • Val de Vie attends the Ylvisaker Cup Final

    Posted on February 25, 2013 by Admin

    Ylvisaker Cup Final

    Ryk Neethling, Wynand Louw and Martin Venter recently attended the Ylvisaker Cup Final as VIP guests at the International Polo Club Palm Beach, Florida. Ryk was asked to do the handover of prizes at the end of the event, which was attended by over 8000 spectators. Fellow South African Suger Erskine was named the Most Valued Player, so it was also a great day for our country! The event was a wonderful opportunity to enjoy world-class polo and to promote our brand abroad.


  • We can't wait for the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013!

    Posted on February 21, 2013 by Admin

    This weekend it's time for the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters at Val de Vie Estate, an absolute must-attend event! It's a day of fun, fashion and all that's fabulous, with plenty of polo action in the line-up. Other entertainment includes a fashion show, live bands and a showcase of stunning Bentley cars.

    Simone de Wet, the MD of Val de Vie Events Full Coordination, spoke to MFM about the event today, click here to listen to the interview. If you don't have your ticket yet, be sure to buy one on our website. See you there!


  • Be grand with mint and gold

    Posted on February 20, 2013 by Iza de Lange


    Secret Diary Designs never fails to inspire us with beautiful stationery trends and at the moment we're simply in love with mint and gold. This elegant combination is reminiscent of royalty and makes a sophisticated, elegant statement. Ornate typography adds to the grandeur of this style. We think it's a look that's fit for Versailles - opulent, eye-catching and just gorgeous!

    By Iza De Lange, Event Coordinator & Marketing Manager


  • Feel the love

    Posted on February 15, 2013 by Varety Da Silva

    Valentine's Day might be over, but there's no reason to stop celebrating love, happiness and all things romantic! Indulge this weekend in your favourite treats, wear something that's racy and red or  buy a small gift for someone you love.

    "A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love."
    Max Muller

    By Varety Da Silva, Venue Coordinator & Operations Manager


  • Introducing The Market at Val de Vie

    Posted on February 14, 2013 by Admin

    We are so excited to announce that Val de Vie will soon be hosting a fabulous market! On Sunday 24 March, The Market at Val de Vie will take place for the first time. As a fresh goods and craft market, it will showcase some of the finest local produce from the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley Region and beyond.

    The market is the first of its kind in the Paarl area and offers a unique experience to visitors. We invite you to visit the market and browse a variety of local wares, taking in the scenery of the surrounding countryside. To top it off, each market will be accompanied by a lively polo match for your entertainment. It's the perfect opportunity to purchase delicious foods and gorgeous goods, and to support local businesses. We can't wait to see you there!

    The Details

    The Market at Val de Vie will be held from 10am to 3pm bi-monthly on Sundays at Val de Vie’s scenic terrace, which overlooks the polo fields.


  • Happy Valentine's Day!

    Posted on February 14, 2013 by Admin

    Today is the day to celebrate love, happiness and all things sweet and sensual! Treat your Valentine with decadent treats that symbolise your affection. We love the idea of a red velvet milkshake, or perhaps fortune cookies with your own personalised message. Be creative, be romantic and be spoilt!

    By Elsje Human, Events Assistant


  • Val de Vie proudly hosts a national conference

    Posted on February 12, 2013 by Admin

    Martin Venter, Founder and Chief Executive, and Ryk Neethling, Marketing Director of the Development Company of Val de Vie Estate, are pictured here with Gugile Nkwinti (Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform), Deputy State President Kgalema Motlanthe, Tina Joemat-Peterson (Minister of Agriculture), and the Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies. The members of Government were visiting the estate for a Conference addressing the complicated issues surrounding Minimum Wages for Farm Workers.


  • Stunning stationery inspiration: A wedding passport

    Posted on February 11, 2013 by Iza de Lange

    Here's a really creative and fun idea for wedding invitations: a wedding passport! Secret Diary Designs created this gorgeous invitation for couple Elvira and Ray. Designed to look like a passport, the invitation is a little booklet that contains all the details of the event, as well as photos and fun details about the two lovebirds. We think it's a delightfully original way to convey a lot of information to your guests.

    By Iza De Lange, Event Coordinator & Marketing Manager




  • A fabulously fashionable photoshoot

    Posted on February 8, 2013 by Admin

    Val de Vie was proud to be the venue for Zando's latest photoshoot. Zando is a leading online fashion store that offers a vast variety of leading clothing brands, making it easy to have the latest trends delivered right to your doorstep. Our beautiful estate provided the perfect backdrop to their stunning photoshoot.





  • Congratulations to Iza and Lochner!

    Posted on February 6, 2013 by Admin

    We are so happy to announce that Iza from the Events Team is getting married! She and her fiancé, Lochner, are one of those special couples who truly show the world what it means to love and cherish another person. The warmth and affection in their relationship is tangible to all who know them, as this engagement shoot by Inecke Photography shows.

    All of us in the Events Team can’t wait for their big day, which will be celebrated at a secret (and exceptionally gorgeous) beach destination in March this year. We wish these two only the best for their future together.

    “For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.” - Judy Garland





  • Kasper and Tanya's engagement shoot

    Posted on February 4, 2013 by Admin

    Val de Vie was thrilled to be the venue for the beautiful engagement shoot of model Tanya van Graan, and her fiancé, Kasper. Shot by Rensche Mari, the photos have an elegant equestrian look that captures the love shared between this handsome couple.

    View more stunning photos on Rensche Mari's website.












  • A symphony of grey and red

    Posted on February 1, 2013 by Varety Da Silva

    For a dramatic decor scheme, combine the fiery power of red with the coolness of grey. It's a style that's all about contrasts. Use red as a vibrant accent colour and grey as the soft, neutral backdrop. Next month we'll be celebrating Valentine's Day, and this would be the perfect look for a chic, romantic dinner.

    By Varety Da Silva, Venue Coordinator & Operations Manager


  • The hottest colours for 2013

    Posted on January 31, 2013 by Admin

    Country Living has showcased Pantone's hottest colour palettes for 2013. Here are some of our favourite looks from their showcase:

    Glamour

    "An ethereal gray room punctuated by one wall of deep, dark blue-green creates a sensuous atmosphere in Jones Design Company blogger Emily Jones' master bedroom. This sleek scheme takes a cue from Pantone's glamour palette of moody shades of gray and hints of metallic shimmer. Eiseman suggests introducing rich red or cobalt blue accents to add a bit of classic drama."

    Surface Treatments

    "It's not just about colors in 2013. "Earthy textures lay a new foundation for palettes of blues and greens," says color expert and executive director of the Pantone Color Institute Leatrice Eiseman. Ana White, author of The Handbuilt Home (due out in October; Clarkson Potter) suggests breathing new life into an existing hutch with several coats of ocean-blue paint, a move she calls noncommittal. Ground the oversize piece with lots of white ceramic objects and natural wood and wicker."

    Out of the Ordinary

    "Quirky and whimsical. This is how Eiseman describes this color collection, which marries shades of pumpkin and bright blue with goldenrod, lime, and violet. Beth Styles, author of the blog Parsimonia calls this unlikely harmony of hues home. "I adore bold colors and try to get them into my home as much as possible," Styles says. Her advice? Welcome accessories in to test pairings—a couple of pillows, a throw over a chair, or a spray-painted lamp against the wall."

    Images and copy courtesy of Country Living

    By Iza De Lange, Event Coordinator & Marketing Manager


  • Make them green with envy

    Posted on January 29, 2013 by Nadia Valentyn

    Pantone announced emerald as its colour of the year for 2013 and we love the rich, deep elegance of this shade. It can be fabulously glamorous and the ideal colour for a smart evening gown or chic accessories. Emerald suits most complexions, so I'm sure that many of us will be incorporating this sexy shade into our wardrobes this year!

    By Nadia Valentyn, Venue Manager & Wedding Planner


  • Go for gold

    Posted on January 28, 2013 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    If you'd like to add a dash of glamour to your decor, there are few colours that can beat the allure of gold. It's warm, sexy and adds a festive touch. Too much gold can come across as a bit gaudy, so we like to keep the look subtle and stylish. Use gold as an accent colour to complement a neutral or black and white decor theme. Your party is sure to sparkle!

    By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


  • Summer bliss

    Posted on January 22, 2013 by Admin

    It's no wonder why so many of us love Summer time: those long, lazy afternoons spent enjoying the warmth and sunshine. Add some fresh ideas to your summer entertaining by serving refreshing popsicles and ice-cream sandwiches, or perhaps a light lemon cake. Keep guests refreshed with iced lemon water, lemonade or fruity cocktails, and add a pop of sunny colour with cheerful yellow flowers.

    By Elsje Human, Events Assistant


  • Go green with emerald

    Posted on January 21, 2013 by Admin

    Pantone recently announced that emerald is their colour for 2013. This beautiful shade is often associated with royalty, conveying a sense of regal elegance and class. Queen Victoria's glittering tiara was set apart by its dazzling emeralds, and now is the time for you to add some green magic into your wardrobe. Look out for interesting accessories and jewellery with emerald hues and you'll be right on trend for the season ahead.

    By Elsje Human, Events Assistant


  • Get your Veuve on

    Posted on January 18, 2013 by Admin

    Next month is February, which is mean it's time for the third Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters! This highly anticipated event is taking place on 23 February and it's undoubtedly the most glamorous polo event in South Africa. Guests can expect a celebration of all the finer things in life: riveting polo action, stunning fashion and, of course, delicious French Champagne.

    Click here to view the Save the Date, and be sure to get your tickets for the events on our website - this is a day that you don't want to miss!


  • Quirky cake toppers

    Posted on January 18, 2013 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Today there is so much more to cake toppers than the traditional bride and groom figurines. Get creative with decorative wording, or opt for a tasteful silhouette. Unusual textures and materials also add visual interest, anything from pretty paper to delicate wire can look amazing.

    By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


  • Chic ceramics by Louis Jansen van Vuuren and Mervyn Gers

    Posted on January 17, 2013 by Admin

    We're smitten with the beautiful ceramics produced by artist Louis Jansen van Vuuren and potter Mervyn Gers, who have collaborated to create an innovative series of contemporary stoneware ceramics. Each of the four series maintains a distinct stylistic tone and spirit. Every single plate and bowl is slightly different as they are handmade. The design elements are uniquely considered regarding size, scale and placement on the images on the tableware.

    Please click here to download their pricelist and catalogue.


  • In praise of the pop-up shop

    Posted on January 17, 2013 by Simone de Wet

    There's a fun new concept that's taking world by storm: the pop-up store. These mobile shops and restaurants move around towns and cities, selling their wares from wherever it suits them. We think it's such a clever concept!

    Elle Decoration recently took a look at the pop-up trend on their blog. The image above shows Del Popolo, a mobile pizza take-away joint in San Francisco. It's a specially modified twenty-foot transatlantic shipping container that travels around the city, selling authentic wood-fried pizza. As a clever touch, a glass wall allows people to see what’s cooking inside.

    Check out Elle Decoration's Summer issue to read their article on pop-up stores that are making it big in SA.

    Images courtesy of Elle Decoration

    By Simone de Wet, Managing Director Events


  • Johann and Janine's wedding

    Posted on January 16, 2013 by Admin

    Johann and Janine celebrated their wedding at Val de Vie on 20 December 2012. It was a picture-perfect day, filled with love and smiles. A black and white decor scheme created a distinctly elegant and crisp look, perfect for a summer wedding.

    These photos, beautifully taken by Nikki Meyer, truly show how in love and happy these two are.

    View more stunning photos on Nikki Meyer's website.








  • Duane and Ezel's stunning wedding video

    Posted on January 16, 2013 by Admin

    Goosebump Productions have released the beautiful wedding video of Duane and Ezel Vermeulen's Val de Vie wedding. We love how it captures the spirit of this special day and we're so thrilled to have been a part of it!


  • The Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013

    Posted on January 16, 2013 by Admin

    The third Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters is taking place on 23 February and we can't wait! This exciting day is a celebration of all the finer things in life: riveting polo action, glamorous fashion and, of course, delicious French Champagne.

    Keep up to date with all the latest news about this prestigious event by visiting the official Facebook page. Be sure to also get your tickets for the events on our website - this is a day that you don't want to miss!


  • In pictures; Christine Meintjies' workshop at Val de Vie

    Posted on January 16, 2013 by Admin

    Christine Meintjies hosted a workshop at Val de Vie Estate a few months ago and we absooultely love these images from the event. A fresh, romantic Spring decor scheme was conceptualised by stylist Anneke Roux from AnnaH, while the stationery was created by Sugapenguin, the flower arrangements by Aartsappel and the stunning cake by Edible Art.

    Visit The Pretty Blog to view more photos from the day.

    Images courtesy of The Pretty Blog







  • 2013 fashion trends

    Posted on January 16, 2013 by Admin

    It's new year, which means that a host of new styles are going to shape the way we dress. Fashionising.com has a fabulous synopsis on what we can expect to see in the year ahead. Some of the looks that they highlight for Spring and Summer include belted floral dresses, collarless blouses, slash neck tees and boucle suiting, with a focus on feminine, tailored styling.

    In Winter we can expect a focus on earthy, nature-inspired prints and patterns, as well as folk-style florals. Bright pastels and strong pops of colour continue to be popular, with painterly prints and patterns taking centre stage.

    For a more detailed look at fashion in 2013, visit fashionising.com.

    Images courtesy of fashionising.com.

    By Simone de Wet, Managing Director Events



  • Resplendent rococo

    Posted on January 15, 2013 by Simone de Wet

    Elle Decoration's blog recently featured designer Michael Chandler’s gorgeous Cape Gables bookends, and the talented team soon noticed how much Rococo-inspired architecture there is in Cape Town.

    Rococo art and architecture is set apart by its ornate style and strong usage of creamy, pastel-like colours, asymmetrical designs, curves and gold. It's a rich and detailed look that could translate well into wedding and event decor, we're definitely inspired!

    Images courtesy of Elle Decoration

    By Simone de Wet, Managing Director Events


  • A luscious low-sugar cheesecake

    Posted on January 11, 2013 by Nadia Valentyn

    If you're planning on entertaining this weekend, then why not try this fabulous cheesecake recipe? It looks absolutely decadent, yet it's low in sugar, perfect for guily-free indulgence!

    Serves: 8
    Preparation time: 40 minutes, plus refrigeration time
    Baking time: 10 minutes
    Oven temperature: 200oC

    Method
    Base
    • 100ml cake flour
    • 2,5ml baking powder
    • 40ml sugar substitute suitable for baking (such as Sugalite or xylitol)
    • 50ml butter
    • 1 large egg
    • 30ml gelatine
    • 4 large eggs, separated
    • 300ml sugar substitute
    • 500g fat-free smooth cottage cheese
    • 5ml vanilla essence
    • 15ml lemon juice

    Topping
    • 15ml gelatine
    • 100ml reduced-sugar diabetic-friendly jam
    • fresh fruit slices, to decorate

    1 Base: Mix the flour, baking powder and sugar substitute together. Rub in the butter. Beat the egg and stir into the mixture. Spoon into a greased 18cm spring-form tin and spread out evenly. Bake in a preheated oven for 10 minutes. Remove and set aside to cool.
    2 Filling: Pour 100ml water over the gelatine. Set aside to hydrate. Heat until melted then set aside to cool.
    3 Beat the egg yolks and the sugar substitute together until light. Fold in the cottage cheese, vanilla essence and lemon juice. Add a little of this mixture to the gelatine mixture and stir. Add to the remaining cottage cheese mixture.
    4 Beat the egg whites until stiff and fold them into the mixture. Pour into the base and leave to set in the fridge overnight.
    5 Topping: Pour 40ml water over the gelatine and leave to hydrate. Heat until melted. Warm the jam and then stir in the gelatine. Leave to cool, then spoon over the cheesecake and leave to set. Decorate with fresh fruit.

    Source: Ideas magazine

    By Nadia Valentyn, Venue Manager & Wedding Planner


  • Leon and Amanda's Wedding

    Posted on January 11, 2013 by Admin

    Leon and Amanda celebrated their beautiful wedding at Val de Vie. It was an intimate occasion, filled with all sorts of special touches that made it a truly memorable day: a polo match, live music, chic decor and, of course, the bride's stunning Jimmy Choo shoes!

    Here is a selection of photos of the special day, taken by Agapé Studio. To view more photos, please visit Agapé Studio's website.








  • Congrats to AD and Reza!

    Posted on January 11, 2013 by Admin

    AD and Reza celebrated their wedding at Val de Vie in 2011, and we're so happy to hear that this wonderful couple are expecting a baby boy this month! The talented Nikki Meyer took some beautiful shots of the parents-to-be, here are a few photos from the shoot.




  • Coral: Summer's sexiest shade

    Posted on January 9, 2013 by Admin

    Coral has been one of summer's hottest colours, so it's no surprise that it's become a popular choice in wedding decor. This vibrant shade is a warm, feminine colour that has a sense of fun and edginess. If you'd like to pair it with another colour, coral looks particularly good with green hues such as turquoise and mint. Choose a pastel coral for a more romantic and delicate look, or make a statement with brighter shades of coral.

    By Elsje Human, Events Assistant


  • Val de Vie in The Wedding Album

    Posted on January 8, 2013 by Admin

    Be sure to get hold of the latest issue of The Wedding Album, which has a stunning feature on Tamryn and Dincer's Val de Vie Wedding. Our team enjoyed every minute of coordinating this special day and we're thrilled that brides-to-be can take inspiration from the article.


  • Indian Romance

    Posted on January 7, 2013 by Admin

    Weddings are deeply personal and meaningful events, celebrating not only the love of two people, but also their heritage and personalities. That's why we love the Pacific wedding of Saree and Sidh that was recently featured on 100 Layer Cake. The special day was marked by its simple, romantic style that drew on their Indian heritage in a variety of details, such as the white garlands hanging above their ceremony, the beautifully embroidered table runners, Eastern-inspired glassware and dashes of vibrant colour.

    To view more photos, please visit the 100 Layer Cake Blog.







  • Revving up the retinue

    Posted on December 20, 2012 by Admin

    Here's a trend that's bound to add a very festive touch to a wedding: having a REALLY big retinue. Brides and grooms are honouring their friends by including them in a large retinue, thus celebrating not only their marriage, but also their friendships. With so many people being part of the celebration, there's no doubt that this trend will create a uniquely fun and social atmosphere.


  • Mexican magic

    Posted on December 20, 2012 by Admin

    If you're a lover of colour, then this is the ideal style for you! Be bold, bright and plain fabulous with a Mexican-inspired wedding theme. Intense shades of pink, orange and turquoise work together to create a vibrant look that's full of life and festivity.




  • Merry Christmas from Val de Vie

    Posted on December 20, 2012 by Admin


  • Duane and Ezél's wedding on camera

    Posted on December 20, 2012 by Admin

    Here is a wonderful clip from Top Billing's coverage of Duane and Ezél's wedding. We are so thrilled to have been part of this special day!


  • California Dreaming

    Posted on December 20, 2012 by Admin

    One of the most inspiring parts of planning events at Val de Vie is keeping track of all the amazing trends in the industry. We're always on the lookout for gorgeous ideas that catch our eye, and this beautiful Californian wedding is no exception. It's featured on Style Me Pretty and has a classic and elegant look, while still retaining a sense of relaxed country living. It's a style that would work well in our own winelands, or for a summer country wedding.

    View more photos of the wedding at Style Me Pretty (Photography by Edyta Szyszlo Photography)








  • Creative Christmas entertaining

    Posted on December 19, 2012 by Admin

    With less than a week to go until Christmas, it's not too late to get some abulous ideas for your festive feast. The Pretty Blog is always one of our favourite sites to visit, and this month they have loads of seasonal inspiration. We love their rustic natural Christmas decor concept, which incorporates elements from nature and the garden, as well as textures such as wood and linen. It's the perfect look for a relaxed Christmas lunch and a welcome change from the bling and sparkle that so often is associated with this time of year.

    It's bound to be sunny on Christmas day, so rather than cooking up a feast in a hot and steamy kitchen, rather serve a cold Christmas platter. The Pretty Blog suggests a Festive gammon & beef platter with mustard sauce & cranberry preserve - so delicious and so ideal for our warm climate!

    Visit The Pretty Blog to all the details about these fantastic ideas.


  • Pink power

    Posted on December 18, 2012 by Admin

    Today I'm focussing on pink, the most fabulously feminine of colours, and this post is dedicated to all lovers of this beautiful shade.

    Pink is a popular colour in wedding and events decor. Cheerful, romantic and vibrant, it adds a pop of colour and a dash of fun to the overall look. As Country Living puts it, "some colors relax, others excite; pink does both. It provokes romance and glamour, and it is the color of love's first blush. Pink delivers feel-good emotion in the same way that a ranunculus blooms, one layer at a time. Give in to pink's pretty power."

    By Elsje Human, Events Assistant


  • Welcome, Elsje!

    Posted on December 18, 2012 by Admin

    We're delighted to welcome Elsje Human as our new Events Assistant! Originally from Bloemfontein, Elsje has a degree in drama and has become our go-to person for all things event-related.

    Her favourite quote illustrates her positive, can-do attitude to life: "The trouble is if you dont spend your life yourself, other people will spend it for you".

    When she's not hard at work, Elsje enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching movies and enjoying good wine and dark chocolate.

    Welcome to the team Elsje, we're excited to have you onboard!


  • Duane and Ezel’s Wedding on Top Billing

    Posted on December 18, 2012 by Admin

    We're so excited that Duane and Ezel’s Wedding will be on Top Billing tonight at 8pm on SABC3. Here are some short clips that give you a hint of what to expect, so be sure not to miss the show tonight!

    View the promo:


  • Duane and Ezel’s Wedding

    Posted on December 14, 2012 by Admin

    Duane and Ezel celebrated their special day at Val de Vie on 8 December 2012, and it was a stunning occasion that Val de Vie Full Coordination is so proud to have been part of.

    Gorgeous summer weather shone down on the guests, who included Schalk Burger, Joe Pietersen and Brian Habana. The ceremony was held in the historic Franschhoek Dutch Reformed Church, followed by the reception which was held at our beautiful estate.

    Musician Gerald Clarke kept guests entertained during the pre-dinner drinks, and they were also treated to a magnificent polo game. The ball room looked nothing less than spectacular, with a warm vintage decor scheme. To add a personal element and a sense of individuality, the couple added numerous personal touches and DIY details into the decor.

    One of the highlights was the sensational four tiered cake that included several different layers: carrot cake, tiramisu, chocolate mousse and salted caramel, yum!

    The day was thoroughly enjoyed by the newlyweds and their guests, and we had so much fun coordinating the occasion. To see it for yourself, the wedding will be aired on Top Billing on 18 December 2012, so don't forget to tune in at 20:00 on SABC3!

    To view more photos, please visit Agape Studio's website.








  • Frontline Rendevous 2013

    Posted on December 11, 2012 by Admin

    Hillsong Frontline Cape Town will be hosting their first annual retreat getaway in 2013: the Frontline Rendevous! This exciting event will be taking place at Val de Vie estate and it promises to be an amazing two days of fun, inspiration, worship, the Word of God and much more. The guest speaker is the world-renowned, powerful communicator, Pastor Steve Penny.

    For more details about the event, please visit Hillsong Frontline Cape Town's Facebook Page.


  • Emerald elegance: Let's go green in 2013

    Posted on December 10, 2012 by Iza de Lange

    We're so excited to hear that Pantone LLC have announced Emerald as their Color of the Year for 2013. Luxurious, radiant and symbolic of growth and renewal, there's no doubt that this gorgeous shade is going to influence our fashion and decor in the year ahead. Here's what Pantone have to say about the colour:

    "Most often associated with brilliant, precious gemstones, the perception of Emerald is sophisticated and luxurious. Since antiquity, this luminous, magnificent hue has been the color of beauty and new life in many cultures and religions. Also the colour of growth, renewal and prosperity, no other colour conveys regeneration more than green. For centuries, many countries have chosen green to represent healing and unity."

    "The most abundant hue in nature, the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum," said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. "As it has throughout history, multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate. Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today's complex world. This powerful and universally-appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home interiors."

    Eiseman adds that emerald is a versatile colour, because in decor it can work like a neutral, complementing almost everything else. It can be paired with tan, black, blue or even yellow.

    We have already seen emerald green on the runways, most botable at Michael Kors, Nanette Lepore and Vivienne Tam.

    Our team can't wait to see how this colour will make an appearance in wedding and event decor!

    By Iza De Lange, Event Coordinator & Marketing Manager


  • Magnificent mint and gold

    Posted on December 10, 2012 by Simone de Wet

    Here's a hot colour combo that will add a dazzling touch to your 2013 Summer wardrobe. Cool, calm mint looks absolutely gorgeous with the warmth and glamour of gold, creating an exotic and sophisticated look.

    By Simone de Wet, Managing Director Events


  • Snazzy Christmas stockings

    Posted on December 10, 2012 by Nadia Valentyn

    Here's a Christmas idea that's perfect for all of you who are in the festive spirit and feeling extra confident about your sewing skills. Why not make your own Christmas stockings this year by drawing inspiration from these creative and colourful designs? They make great gifts and can be personalized by adding the receiver’s name or initials with only a few stiches. Fill the stockings with homemade biscuits or gifts and hang them on guests' chairs when they come over for dinner. If you get too attached to your fine handwork, use the stockings as an eye-catching finishing touch to your Christmas décor!

    By Nadia Valentyn, Venue Manager & Wedding Planner


  • Christmas wedding magic

    Posted on December 7, 2012 by Admin

    As Christmas draws ever closer, there's no doubt that the festive season is getting into full swing! December brides can get into the holiday spirit and draw inspiration from this special time of the year, incorporating beautiful shades of red, green and cream into their decor scheme. It's a traditional look that is sure to add a sense of cheer and festivity to your big day.

    By Elsje Human, Events Assistant


  • Fabulous festive table settings

    Posted on December 6, 2012 by Nadia Valentyn

    I just love these creative ideas on how to decorate you festive table this Christmas. If you already have your meals planned and your Christmas décor ready, why not start thinking about the place settings to complete the look? It adds an extra special touch that your guests are sure to appreciate.

    By Nadia Valentyn, Venue Manager & Wedding Planner


  • Delicious delights

    Posted on December 6, 2012 by Iza de Lange

    Wondering what to give your colleagues for Christmas? Save the big bucks for your family and show your appreciation for a wonderful year by getting your hands dirty in the kitchen.

    Bake something sweet like my team mate Elsje did and decorate your treats in a festive way. Make shortbread biscuits and sandwhich them together with caramel, spread dark chocolate on cookies and sprinkle chopped nuts on top, or create little stacks of jam drops and tie them together with a pretty ribbon.

    It's lovely to nibble on a cookie while dreaming of the upcoming christmas holiday, which is so close yet can feel so far away!

    By Iza De Lange, Event Coordinator & Marketing Manager


  • Gareth and Laura's wedding

    Posted on December 5, 2012 by Admin

    Gareth and Laura celebrated their beautiful wedding at Val de Vie recently, and it was such a delight to coordinate this big day. With perfect Spring sunshine forming the backdrop, the couple had an outside ceremony alongside our polo fields, followed by a reception in our grand ballroom. The clean, crisp decor scheme had eye-catching dashes of pink, adding a gorgeous sense of romance.

    View more stunning shots of the special day on Tyme Photography's website.












  • Black and gold glitzy christmas vibes

    Posted on December 5, 2012 by Simone de Wet

    After an interesting year of fashion with bold patterns and colours, I have chosen a very glitzy yet traditional Christmas style for this year's family celebration. This glitzy look represents all the “sparkling” moments or blessings that I have experienced in the past year, while the traditional elements symbolise the precious family time that will be spent with loved ones, enjoying the festivities and abundant love.

    Wishing a blessed festive season to all our blog followers!

    Simone xxx

    By Simone de Wet, Managing Director Events


  • Tangerine dream

    Posted on December 4, 2012 by Admin

    Summer is here and colourful nail varnish offers the perfect opportunity to add a pop of colour. Pantone named "Tangerine Tango", a hot orange-red shade, as its top colour for 2012, so be sure to add some bright, citrusy color into your style with tangerine nail polish. It's a bold look that's sure to get attention!

    Why not splash out with this look at the upcoming Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters, which will be held at Val de Vie Estate on 23 February 2013. Tickets are available for sale on our website, with the option to purchase a ticket which includes a refreshing drink and light lunch for R390.00 pp, or a Veuve Clicquot Masters Picnic Site Ticket for R150.00 pp. Don't miss out on this exceptional event, which is the ultimate celebration of fashion, polo and pure luxury.

    By Iza De Lange, Event Coordinator & Marketing Manager


  • Sweet festive treats

    Posted on December 4, 2012 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    It's the time of year for fun, festivity and a bit of indulgence! We love these delicious jam straws, which are so easy to make and the ideal sweet treat to serve at Christmas parties, year-end functions or simply to give as a yummy gift.

    Jam Straws

    1 package puff pastry (2 sheets)
    1/4 cup seedless raspberry jam
    Flour for dusting
    Powdered sugar for sprinkling

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with parchment and set aside.

    Allow puff pastry to thaw as directed on the package. Dust work surface with flour and lightly dust rolling pin with flour. Roll out puff pastry until about 2" larger on each side. Cut crosswise into two rectangles.

    Heat 1/4 cup of jam in microwave for15-20 seconds, just enough to loosen the consistency.

    With a pastry brush, coat one piece of puff pastry with half the jam. Cover jam-coated piece with the remaining plain piece of puff pastry and gently roll together with rolling pin - not too hard, or your jam will squish out.

    Slice into long strips and twist, then place on parchment lined pan. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool before removing from the pan. Sprinkle generously with powdered sugar.

    Repeat process with second sheet of puff pastry.

    By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


  • Carla and Craig's wedding

    Posted on November 29, 2012 by Admin

    Val de Vie Full Coordination recently coordinated the wedding of Carla and Craig, and what a pleasure it was to host this special couple. The talented Elsjé from our team helped to transform our venue into a beautifully romantic spcae with a truly magical ambience.

    View more gorgeous photos on Shanna Jones' website.







  • Sale of the Val de Vie Polo House

    Posted on November 28, 2012 by janette

    The Polo House

    Set against the backdrop of the majestic Drakenstein and Simonsberg Mountains of the Paarl-Franschoek Valley near Cape Town. With its combined French Provencal and Cape Colonial architecture epitomise a harmonious and tranquil grand country lifestyle.

    Best seat in the house...

    Polo played weekly on the Pavilion Field from October to April.

    Living in Luxury...

    Val de Vie Estate in the Cape’s Paarl-Franschoek valley recently set a new record when a property on the estate fetched the highest price per m2 for any estate property in the Cape Winelands. The beautiful house was formerly occupied by Olympic swimming champion and Val de Vie shareholder Ryk Neethling, who recently acquired another property on the estate and with the building of his new house well underway. The grand Polo House was completed in October 2011 by Guardian Development Projects, fetched a price of R 11 250 000, which translates to R 20 680 per m2. This is the highest price for any cape winelands, estate property which typically fetch prices of around R 12 500 per m2.

    The purchaser is a leading businessman and Polo patron from Nigeria. He has a broad range of business interests and at one time was the biggest private employer in Nigeria. His family has vast experience in international finance and he knows a great investment when he sees one. “I see great potential for increased business co-operation between South Africa and Nigeria,” says the purchaser. “Within my portfolio of business interests, I am involved with several leading organisations with Cape-based offices and Val de Vie is conveniently located for me to be able to interact with my business interests and maintain my involvement with my passion for Polo. It is a fantastic estate and offers everything that I need for my South African home base.”

    The house has featured in many magazine articles and television programmes and is one of the hallmark developments on the estate. The house is in excess of 540 m2 and is built on a stand of 1130 m2.

    “We’re delighted to attract international investors of this calibre,” says Val de Vie CEO, Martin Venter. “It reinforces the quality of the investment and property proposition that Val de Vie presents as a primary residence estate and shows that this is truly a world-class development. We have excellent security, beautiful houses and plenty of open spaces to create an atmosphere of country living, whilst being conveniently located for resident’s business interests.”

    Val de Vie  also recently scooped two International Property Awards in Dubai: a 5-star award for Best Development, Multiple Units; and Highly Commended in the Best Leisure Development category. “I’m really thrilled and proud that Val de Vie Estate has won these awards,” says Venter. “The diverse offering that encompasses Val de Vie has had a positive bearing on sales and was a prime factor in us winning. It is still a relatively young development and despite tough economic conditions, has managed to attract attention and investment with over 90% of stands already sold.”

    For more information on the International Property Awards visit propertyawards.net

    The sale of the Polo House was put through by Maureen de Waal, Maureen@BeautifulHomes/www.valdevie-properties.co.za


  • Val de Vie enjoys a gourmet evening at the SA Chefs Academy

    Posted on November 28, 2012 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events was invited by Bosch, Siemens and Gaggenua to attend a gourmet cooking evening at the SA Chefs Academy. It was an extremely enjoyable evening that gave us the chance to learn the art of cooking the perfect fillet, vegetables and potato wedges. With the beautiful views from the academy as a backdrop, we met a host of interesting people from the academy.

    Thank you to Quintin, Annelize en Tarnia for the experience!




  • Zenré's Miniature Love

    Posted on November 28, 2012 by Admin

    If you're looking for something creative and unique to accessorise your outfits with, look no further than Zenré Rabé's jewellery creations. Drawing inspiration from everyday objects, she handcrafts miniature pieces in beautiful 925 silver.

    Visit her website to view more of her work.


  • The Legacy Group's Glamorous Photoshoot

    Posted on November 28, 2012 by Admin

    Here are some gorgeous shots taken by Daniel Parker for the Legacy Group. We love their sense of elegance and sophistication - pure Val de Vie glamour!







  • Get into the Movember vibe

    Posted on November 21, 2012 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    November is time for Movember, an international charity initiative that raises awareness about prostate cancer. As guys across the world show their support by growing moustaches, why not get into the spirit with some cute mo-inspired accessories? We love this watch and cufflinks, which would add a quirky and individual touch to an outift.

    By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


  • Ryk Neethling's Birthday Celebrations

    Posted on November 21, 2012 by Admin

    Ryk Neethling, Val de Vie's Marketing Director, recently hosted his birthday party at the estate. With a dress code of Gentlemen Chic and Fabulously Feminine, a host of elegantly attired guests enjoyed a fabulous evening at the Polo Pavilion, expertly planned by Val de Vie Private Room.












  • We love Romeo Foxtrot Designs

    Posted on November 19, 2012 by Admin

    We love the work of Romeo Foxtrot Designs, a trendy and creative range of jewellery designed by Rouxmia Bougas. With a variety of colourful bracelets and pretty necklaces to choose from, these pieces are the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe.

    To find out more about Romeo Foxtrot and to view more designs, be sure to visit their website.


  • Nigel and Carly's Wedding

    Posted on November 16, 2012 by Admin

    Nigel and Carly recently celebrated their wedding at Val de Vie and it was such a pleasure to coordinate their big day. We love that they chose to break away from tradition and put their own spin on the celebrations. Instead of throwing the garter and bouquet, they chose to give these items to special guests as a meaningful gesture. They also decided to replace the traditional first dance with something fun and spontaneous: as the DJ got the music going, Nigel and Carly called up random guests to come and join them on the dancefloor - what a party!

    It was such an enjoyable day and we are so glad to have been part of it. Photographer Warren Williams has beautifully captured the spirit of the day, you can view more gorgeous shots on his website.






  • BlackBerry Pink Polo

    Posted on November 13, 2012 by Admin

    We love this BlackBerry Pink Polo photo collage from Jen Su, Hollywood Reporter on 5 FM and SABC3's Expresso Show. It captures how gorgeous all our lovely guests looked, in keeping with the event's focus on fashion and luxury living.


  • Val de Vie in the news

    Posted on November 12, 2012 by Admin

    There have been many exciting events at Val de Vie Estate recently, so it's no surprise that we're making headlines! Die Burger recently featured two articles about BlackBerry Pink Polo and the Kia and Val de Vie Mountain Bike Challenge, highlighting the success of both events.

    Click here to read the full article about Pink Polo, or the full article about the Kia and Val de Vie Mountain Bike Challenge.


  • Twisted Lifestyle visits BlackBerry Pink Polo 2012

    Posted on November 8, 2012 by Admin

    We love Twisted Lifestyle's write-up about BlackBerry Pink Polo 2012. This fabulous lifestyle magazine is always in touch with what's hot and happening, and we're delighted to read what they had to say about the day: "A perfect Saturday out that just flowed, coupled with quality company, food, fashion and fun. It was definitely a day to remember as well as to be reminded of constant awareness of our health and bodies."

    View more photos on the Twisted Lifestyle website.




  • BlackBerry Pink Polo on Bravo!

    Posted on November 8, 2012 by Admin

    Don't miss Bravo! on KykNet (channel 144) at 21:00 tonight! This exciting lifestyle show will be taking a look at our recent BlackBerry Pink Polo Event which was held in aid of breast cancer.

    Click here to view the promotional video about the episode.


  • Equestrian chic

    Posted on November 7, 2012 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    A look that we love for Summer is a laid-back, equestrian inspired style that  speaks of relaxed country elegance. Think of vintage cowboy boots, slouchy leather bags, natural fabrics and denim.

    By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


  • Vintage va-va-voom

    Posted on November 7, 2012 by Admin

    Vintage style has been a hot look at weddings for many seasons now. We love the sense of nostalgia and romance that this style conveys, but to keep it fresh and original, combine vintage styling with a trendy shade such as turquoise. It's a gorgeous colour for a summer wedding, adding a calm, cool and feminine touch. Complement it with vintage decor elements and you've got a uniquely modern take on the vintage trend.

    By Varety Da Silva, Venue Coordinator & Operations Manager


  • Celebrating the success of the Bridge House Mile

    Posted on November 6, 2012 by Admin

    The Franschhoek Valley is definitely one of the most spectacular in South Africa, with the Berg River Dam, a full 488ha and 68m high in the mountains, as its magnificent centre piece. And what a perfect setting for the very first Bridge House Mile this Sunday, 4 November, hosted by Energy Events and Glacier.

    Val de Vie Team was present on the day, being one of the proud sponsors of the new event, including the Polo Club Restaurant serving delicious ciabattas to hungry swimmers coming out of the wonderfully clean water after their 200m, 400m and 1 mile long swim.

    To the delight of the swimmers taking part their olympic hero, Ryk Neethling, made his way to the waters edge with the starting pistol. Danie Marais, the winner of the non-wetsuit mile, clocked in at 17 min. Not far behind was Achmat Hassiem, who will be at the next Paralympics in Rio. Kate Roberts was first amongst the ladies and our very own Mieke le Roux, who runs the Health Club and Gym on the estate, braved the chilly waters along with several other Homeowners' family members and children.

    Onlookers and supporters on the grassy banks were spoiled with a breath taking view and the good humour of Trevor Ball as he handed out the many sponsored prizes to the lucky winners. A total count of participants amounted to over 250 swimmers. We look forward to seeing this event grow more and more every year!




  • BlackBerry Pink Polo in aid of Reach for Recovery

    Posted on November 5, 2012 by Admin

    Val de Vie is recognised as South Africa's premier lifestyle, wine and polo estate, and once again we hosted BlackBerry Pink Polo, the most sought after event on the social calendar.

    For the third year in a row BlackBerry® sponsored the event in line with its support for the cause of women's wellness and the fight against breast cancer. Supporting sponsors included Bosch Siemens Gaggenau, Discovery, Polo SA and Marie Claire.

    This year at this exclusive event saw BlackBerry and Gaggenau, two top male Polo teams, play an exciting match on Val de Vie's celebrated polo fields.

    Guests enjoyed a lavish high tea in the spectacular setting of this beautiful estate. Pongracz and Pink Pigeon ensured the guests were kept hydrated, while pop-up shops included Carrol Boyes, Elizabeth Arden, The Little Hattery and Jan & Guy.

    The highlight of the afternoon was a fashion show by Polo SA, who showcased their latest designs and trends for summer. A special range of Pink Polo products are being sold in their retail stores and select Stuttafords whereby 15% of proceeds from these products will be donated to CANSA.

    One in 29 South African women is diagnosed with breast cancer each year. If breast cancer is diagnosed and treated early, a woman stands a good chance of recovering completely. As such, educating women about the symptoms of breast cancer and the need for regular check-ups is vital to combating the disease.

    The Pink Polo event helps highlight these facts to the public and to raise funds for Reach for Recovery whose programme is to supply practical and emotional support to breast cancer patients and their families.

    A quote from Edith Venter, event organiser: "This is a wonderful day filled with fabulous entertainment, South Africa's favourite celebrities, prizes and goody bags. It is an enjoyable way to show your support for breast cancer sufferers and survivors while enjoying a spectacular day out."





  • Wise Words from a Beautiful Bride: Izza

    Posted on November 5, 2012 by Nadia Valentyn

    All brides-to-be know how much work there is planning a wedding and how valuable good advice can be! Val de Vie bride Izza offers some excellent wedding tips:

    Find the right photographer
    I know this is something that everyone tells you – but your wedding day really goes by very quickly. Your photos are the one thing you will have left when all the excitement is over, so choose wisely! There are so many talented photographers these days… browse through their photos to get a good feeling of what style you like – each one has a different style! It is definitely worth it to spend some money on the right photographer for you.

      Serve your wedding cake for dessert
      OK – as you know I really like wedding cakes! Wedding budgets are sometimes tight. So what I did was I used my wedding cake as my dessert. After we cut our cake, they took it to the kitchen and cut it in pieces for dessert (you can maybe add something like ice-cream or chocolate sauce to get a more decadent effect). By doing this, you save a lot by not paying for dessert and a wedding cake.

        Relax and enjoy the moment
        Every girl wants “the perfect wedding”. Just remember… if you marry the man of your dreams, the day is already perfect. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Dance and laugh and celebrate, don’t worry too much about the little things that can go wrong, the only person who knows about it is you!

          Get your dancing shoes on!
          Comfortable shoes! Weddings are all about celebration…don’t force yourself to wear uncomfortable high heals the whole night. I bought a pretty pair of shoes that I wore to the church and to our photo session for our photos. I then asked my bridesmaids to pack some comfortable shoes for me so I could hit the dance floor without killing my feet after the formalities.

            By Nadia Valentyn, Venue Manager & Wedding Planner


          • Discover KLûK CGDT's latest collection

            Posted on November 5, 2012 by Admin

            KLUK / CGDT - WHITE MISCHIEF from FLASH_VIDEO on Vimeo.

            We love KLûK CGDT's video from Cape Town Fashion Week, which features South African international acclaimed model Katryn Kruger. The video presents their latest collection, White Mischief. Be sure to check it out!


          • GQ takes a look at Pink Polo fashion

            Posted on November 5, 2012 by Admin

            Pink Polo 2012 was a celebration of polo chic style, and GQ has highlighted some of the best dressed gents at the event. From tailored suits to edgy ensembles, there's no doubt that these guys were every bit as chic and fashion-forward as the ladies! You can view the full gallery on the GQ website.


          • Pink Polo 2012 in pictures

            Posted on November 5, 2012 by Admin

            Our recent Pink Polo 2012 event took place on 27 October and it was a spectacular success! Held to raise awareness about breast cancer, the event is a major highlight in the South African social calendar and brings together high fashion, luxury indulgence and exciting polo action. Here are some photos from this fabulous occasion. We already can't wait for next year's event!

            Jen Su talking about her shoes during TV interview; Ryk Neethling

            Tanya van Graan taking part in the polo distance hitting competition

            Polo fashion show & BlackBerry fashion show

            Denim performing

            Crowd watching the polo game, Roxy Louw

            Guests dishing snacks by the polo field

            Polo game in action

            Captain of the BlackBerry team receiving the trophy


          • Introducing the best dressed guests at Pink Polo 2012

            Posted on November 5, 2012 by Admin

            Our Pink Polo 2012 event was just as chic and fabulous as it always promises to be. Guests went all out to look stylish and sophisticated for the day, making it very difficult indeed to decide on who was the best dressed!

            After the votes were cast, we're thrilled to annouce Pink Polo's best dressed man and lady: Ritza van Rensburg dazzled us in her stunning soft pink gown, while Liam Vandiar captured the spirit of classic polo elegance.

            You can view the other nominees on our Facebook page.


          • Thank you for making Pink Polo 2012 such a success!

            Posted on November 5, 2012 by Admin


          • Finishing touches for BlackBerry Pink Polo

            Posted on October 25, 2012 by Admin

            Personal stylist and image consultant Marilize De Clercq is our Style Maestro for our 2012 BlackBerry Pink Polo Event, which is taking place this weekend. As a talented fashion expert who knows how to make anyone look their absolute best, Marilize has got some great style advice about wearing hats.

            "I love wearing hats. Come rain or shine; wearing a head accessory makes you feel and look confident, vibrant and ‘oh so’ stylish!

            Although some might not feel confident enough to wear a hat, even a small fascinator or hair pin can ease you into wearing YOUR hair charm with assurance and sophistication.

            Having said this, recently I was introduced to the very creative team from The Little Hattery – I was blown away by their designs – providing young and old, imaginative or not, with pieces of joy! Hats are such a feminine accessory; they always makes me think of big ball gowns with a tightly pulled corset as well high teas and polo fields – women elegantly moving through the room; meeting and greeting all the attending guests.

            The great thing is that The Little Hattery will once again be creating wonderful goodies for the Pink Polo on 27 October 2012. They design and make to order gorgeous hats and beautiful fascinators for events the world over.

            Kerry and Dominik, owners of The Little Hattery agree: "We are having a ball and making beautiful things as we go along!" Two years from when they first started, it seems that things in hat land are looking very promising!

            For the latest trends and inspiration follow me on http://pinterest.com/marilizedc/; like http://www.facebook.com/Marilizedeclercq or contact me styling@marilizedeclercq.co.za."


          • Advice from annaH: Be polished and pretty for BlackBerry Pink Polo

            Posted on October 23, 2012 by Admin

            This weekend it's time for our highly anticipated BlackBerry Pink Polo Event, which is always a fabulously fashionable affair. Our favourite wedding stylist and consultant, annaH, gives advice on how to perfect your look for the event:

            "It’s almost time for the larger-than-life BlackBerry Pink Polo Event. You’ve planned and picked the perfect fashionable outfit, but what about the finishing touches? Of course, you want to go all out with an ȕber stylish hairstyle, fantastic shades and the perfect make-up. Here are some fresh beauty trends for the 2012/13 season. Be inspired, indulge and spoil yourself with a Spring make-over that will have you looking and feeling like a polo princess."






          • Lyle and Shannon's wedding video

            Posted on October 23, 2012 by Nadia Valentyn

            Lyle and Shannon celebrated their beautiful wedding at Val de Vie, and this video by FJS Productions truly conveys the magic of the day. We're absolutely enchanted!

            By Nadia Valentyn, Venue Manager & Wedding Planner


          • A glamorous matric dance photoshoot at Val de Vie

            Posted on October 22, 2012 by Admin

            Val de Vie Estate is a beautiful setting for photoshoots, and recently we were the venue for a stunning matric dance photoshoot. The photos were taken by Bakkes Images and truly convey the event's glamour and sense of occasion. We are delighted to have a been a part of this special shoot.

            To view more photoshoots at our estate, please view our gallery.





          • Time is running out to buy Pink Polo tickets!

            Posted on October 22, 2012 by Elsje Oosthuizen

            We're only five days away from our highly anticipated BlackBerry Pink Polo event! Time is running out to buy tickets, so get hold of yours before it's too late. Tickets costs R350.00 per person and can be bought through Edith Unlimited on 011 783 5887 or via edith@edithunlimited.co.za.

            By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


          • An exceptional offer from KlûK CGDT

            Posted on October 22, 2012 by Admin

            Win one of ten free bridal consulations

            We are thrilled to announce that KlûK CGDT is offering ten free bridal consulations to approaching Val de Vie brides. This is an exceptional opportunity to get indispensable advice from one of South Africa's top design houses, helping you to look both chic and gorgeous on your special day.

            Malcolm KLûK and Christiaan Gabriel Du Toit are the creative force behind KlûK CGDT, an internationally recognised label that represents the culmination of two designers’ passion and the vision of bringing South Africans an international experience of South African fashion. Their careful consideration and attention to detail truly distinguishes their clothes as luxury garments. Indeed, they have dressed numerous international celebrities including Beyonce, Charlize Theron and Rachel Weisz, as well as many other local celebrities and politicians including Miss South Africas Nicole Flynt for her crowning, Tatum Keshwar for the Miss World pageant, Megan Coleman and Tansey Coetzee, for the Miss Universe Pageant.

            They have been also awarded with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011 and African Designer of the Year 2011 and 2012 at Arise Fashion Week Lagos, the “Most Stylish Designers” at the SA Style awards, “Best red carpet Designers” at the Arise Africa Fashion Awards and “Best Red Carpet designers “ by Marie Claire magazine Prix de excellence.

            Enter now!

            This offer is a very special opportunity for brides to be inspired by KlûK CGDT's sense of style and design expertise. For more information about this fantastic giveaway, please contact events@valdevie.co.za. To find out more about the work of KlûK CGDT, please visit their website.


          • Val de Vie Estate scoops two International Property Awards

            Posted on October 18, 2012 by sarel

            Val de Vie Estate, South Africa’s first and only Wine and Polo Estate has scooped two International Property Awards out of 140 entries, namely: A 5-star award for Best Development, Multiple Units and Highly Commended in the Best Leisure Development category. The International Property Awards are presented in association with Bloomberg Television and were accepted on behalf of Val de Vie Estate by CEO, Martin Venter and Marketing Director, Ryk Neethling at the annual awards banquet which was held in Dubai on 18th October.

            “I’m really thrilled and proud that Val de Vie Estate has won these awards,” says Venter. “The diverse offering that encompasses Val de Vie has had a positive bearing on sales and was a prime factor in us winning these awards. It is still a relatively young development and despite tough economic conditions, has managed to attract attention and investment with over 90% of stands already sold.”

            “To be named the Best Development for Multiple Units is a tribute to the planning and design of the estate,” says Neethling. “The Best Leisure Development Award honours the fact that the estate boasts a fully-equipped gym, tennis and squash courts, a 25 metre heated indoor swimming pool, a restaurant, and many other features, particularly the Polo and Wine.”

            Val de Vie is set against the backdrop of the majestic Drakenstein and Simonsberg Mountains of the Paarl-Franschoek Valley near Cape Town. The primary residence estate boasts state of the art security, stunning residences and its leafy, wide-open spaces, World-class polo fields, Rhône-style vineyards, modern pre-school, and its combined French Provencal and Cape Colonial architecture epitomise a harmonious and tranquil grand country lifestyle. It’s vineyards produce the internationally-acclaimed Val de Vie signature wines and the Polo facilities have hosted several international tournaments.

            The estate is located about 30 minutes from Cape Town CBD and the airport and offers a balance between city and countryside living. Stands are priced from R 600 000 upwards and Villas are available from around R 1.9 million to R12 million. There are already in excess of 200 homes built on the estate and there are currently some 65 construction projects in progress. The estate has more than 100 stables, 2 kilometres of Berg River Frontage, and 12 Hectares of lakes.

            For more information on the International Property Awards visit propertyawards.net


          • Ryk Neethling chats to KFM about BlackBerry Pink Polo

            Posted on October 17, 2012 by Admin

            Ryk Neethling was recently interviewed on KFM about our upcoming BlackBerry Pink Polo Event. Click here to listen to the full interview.

            Everyone is invited to join us at this fabulous event on 27 October. Tickets costs R350.00 per person. RSVP by 19 october 2012 to experience this exclusive  event. Contact Edith Unlimited on 011 783 5887 or via edith@edithunlimited.co.za. Click here to download the full invite.


          • Marie Claire gets into the Pink Polo spirit

            Posted on October 16, 2012 by Admin

            Earlier this week we wrote about our recent Pink Polo School, a fun-filled day that was held by Ryk Neethling in aid of breast cancer. Several fabulous celebrities visited Val de Vie to learn how to play polo, as well as the chance to design their own fascinators and to savour a delicious lunch at the Polo Club Restaurant and Lounge Bar.

            Marie Claire's Romy Heldsinger attended the event and we love their write-up about the day. Everyone did exceptionally well during the lesson, which was coached by Kevin Rixon.

            Read the full write-up on Marie Claire's blog, and don't forget to get your tickets for BlackBerry Pink Polo! Tickets costs R350.00 per person. RSVP by 19 October 2012 to experience this exclusive and exceptional event. Contact Edith Unlimited on 011 783 5887 or via edith@edithunlimited.co.za.


          • Everyone's talking about BlackBerry Pink Polo

            Posted on October 16, 2012 by Admin

            Excitement is building up for BlackBerry Pink Polo! 021 Magazine has featured the event on their website, highlighting it as a must-attend event on the social calendar. There is so much to look forward to: exciting polo matches, fabulous hospitality areas, a glass of bubbly on arrival sponsored by Pongraz, a scrumptious high tea, fashion by Polo SA, accessories and gifts from Carrol Boyes, an Elizabeth Arden pampering area and pop up store and a fun cook off by Gaggenau.

            Tickets costs R350.00 per person. RSVP by 19 october 2012 to experience this exclusive  event. Contact Edith Unlimited on 011 783 5887 or via edith@edithunlimited.co.za. Click here to download the full invite.


          • We love Olivelli Cape Town

            Posted on October 16, 2012 by Admin

            If you're looking for a wedding dress that's sure to dazzle, look no further than Olivelli Cape Town. This fantastic wedding attire boutique offers exclusive, world class wedding dresses; coupled with a memorable and unique fitting experience.

            The Cape Town franchise came to life as owner Natasha Colson began her  journey to "find the perfect dress" for her wedding day back in 2011. After visiting Olivelli Randburg, she realised that Cape Town too needs an Olivelli!

            The fit of the dress, the quality of the dress, the Olivelli experience in store, the world renowed brands exclusive to Olivelli - all combine to make Olivelli Cape Town exclusive, unique and personal.

            Olivelli Cape Town is the exclusive distributor of :

            Dresses from the Rosa Clara Group in Barcelona and the collections are as follows: Soft by Rosa Clara; Two by Rosa Clara; Aire Barcelona; Almanovia and  Lunanovia. Dresses from the Essense of Australia Group and the collection are: Essense of Australia, Ella bridals and Martina Liana

            The Olivelli Cape Town store is located at Shop G28, Willowbridge Lifestyle Centre, Carl Cronje Drive, Tygervalley, Bellville, 7530.

            Visit their website or call 084 683 0222 to find out more about their stunning work. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.



          • Raspberry Rose Soufflé

            Posted on October 15, 2012 by Elsje Oosthuizen

            October is breast cancer awareness month, which is why the colour pink takes on an extra special significance. This heavenly Raspberry Rose Soufflé is a real treat and the perfect pink dessert to serve your guests.

            Raspberry Rose Soufflé
            Serves 8

            Base
            4 6 ounces containers of fresh raspberries
            125 grams / 4 1/2 ounces caster sugar
            4 teaspoons corn flour
            Water

            Souffle Mix
            10 egg whites (room temperature)
            Pinch of salt
            1 teaspoon rose essence
            100 grams / 3 1/2 ounces caster sugar
            200 grams / 7 ounces butter, softened, enough to grease the moulds
            100 grams / 3 1/2 ounces caster sugar, enough to coat the moulds
            Icing sugar, for dusting
            Creme anglaise or ice cream, to serve

            Puree the raspberries in a blender and press through a fine sieve to remove the seeds. Add enough water to make 500 milliliters of puree.

            To make the base, place the raspberry puree and sugar in a saucepan over a medium heat. Stir to dissolve the sugar and bring to the boil. Mix the corn flour with just enough water to make a smooth paste. Once the fruit puree reaches boiling point, reduce the heat to low and whisk the corn flour paste into the fruit puree a little at a time. Whisk for 1 minute and do not allow mixture to boil again. Remove from the heat and set aside. Chill to cool completely.

            Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F.

            Place the egg whites into a very clean, very large mixing bowl, add the salt and beat at high speed until soft peaks form. Add the sugar, a little at a time, and beat until stiff peaks form. Do not over whisk or the egg whites will break down and be unable to hold the air required to life the souffle.

            Place the fruit puree base into a very large bowl and whisk until smooth. Add a little of the egg white mixture and stir in to loosen the consistency. Gently fold in the remaining egg white and rose essence.

            Brush the bases of 6 1-cup capacity ramekins with the softened butter, then, using upward strokes (this is very important), brush the sides. Chill in the refrigerator until set, and then repeat. Sprinkle in a little of the caster sugar, turning the ramekins to coat the base and sides. To fill the moulds, use a palette knife to spread the souffle mixture around the sides while holding the ramekin at a 45-degrees angle. Fill the middle and smooth top top, without allowing any mixture to stick to the rim or run over the sides.

            Place in the oven and bake for 12-14 minutes or until golden and well risen. Serve immediately dusted with icing sugar, and with creme anglaise or ice cream on the side, if you like.

            Recipe and image from Pick Yin

            By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


          • Pink Polo School

            Posted on October 15, 2012 by Admin

            Our annual Pink Polo event that is held in aid of breast cancer is coming up on 27 October and we can't wait! To get into the spirit of this highly anticipated day, we invited several prominent and fabulous South African women to learn polo, Pink Polo School style.

            The ladies included Tanya van Graan and Roxy Louw, both models and actresses, Romy Heldsinger from Marie Claire and Expresso presenter, Kia Johnson.

            Be sure to get your tickets for Pink Polo before they sell out! Tickets costs R350.00 per person. RSVP by 19 October 2012 to experience this exclusive and exceptional event. Contact Edith Unlimited on 011 783 5887 or via edith@edithunlimited.co.za.

            View more images on the Vasgevang website.











          • Brigitte Willers will party things up at BlackBerry Pink Polo

            Posted on October 12, 2012 by Admin

            We can't wait to hear the cool tunes of DJ Brigitte Willers at our upcoming Blackberry Pink Polo event! As a local South African DJ, Sportsmodel, Entrepreneur and Socialite, Brigitte is a very talented lady and will definitely get the party started. Visit her blog to find out more about she does, and be sure to get your tickets for Pink Polo before they sell out! Tickets costs R350.00 per person. RSVP by 19 october 2012 to experience this exclusive & exceptional event. Contact Edith Unlimited on 011 783 5887 or via edith@edithunlimited.co.za.

            Click here to download the full invite.


          • Zara and Riaaz's Val de Vie Wedding

            Posted on October 10, 2012 by Admin

            Zara and Riaaz celebrated their special day at Val de Vie, and these photos taken by Sybrand Cillié beautifully portray the spirit of the occasion.

            View more stunning photos at Sybrand's website.








          • The Val de Vie 2012 Fun Run

            Posted on October 9, 2012 by Admin

            Residents, friends and guests all made their way over to the Polo Pavilion on Saturday to celebrate the new season with our annual Fun Run. The route took runners on a journey between around polo fields, beautiful lanes and then through vineyards, along the Berg River and between the 5 dams on the estate.

            Young and old, a couple of prams and even our favourite pony, Nugget, took part in the 5km. The 9.5km ventured into the farmlands and fynbos, showcasing the serene beauty of the valley with its towering mountains. Runners gratefully received their medals and goodie bags as they crossed the finish line and went on to enjoy the sunshine and eagerly awaited the announcement of the lucky draw winners. Prizes included Personal Training Sessions at our Health Club, Polo Shirts, Restaurant Vouchers and the sought after signed bottles of Ryk Neethling Shiraz Blend.

            Having the freedom to run around the estate and enjoy the beautiful surroundings, knowing you are in a safe environment, is a true privilege and a cherished part of the lifestyle on Val de Vie Estate.






          • Craig and Carla's gorgeous wedding stationery

            Posted on October 9, 2012 by Admin

            We adore these beautiful invitations made by Carla from Secret Diary, who will be tying the know with her fiance, Craig, at Val de Vie in November. Val de Vie Full Coordination is delighted to be planning the wedding, we know it's going to be a fabulous day!









          • What to wear to Pink Polo

            Posted on October 9, 2012 by Admin

            Personal stylist and image consultant Marilize De Clercq is our Style Maestro for our 2012 Pink Polo Event. As a talented fashion expert who knows how to make anyone look their absolute best, Marilize will be posting a series of tips and trends over the next few weeks relating to Pink Polo. This week she's got some tips on what heels to wear to this chic event.

            There are so many exciting trends at the moment and dressing for a cocktail or fashion event has never been so easy, with all the heavenly fabrics, daring colours and classic neutrals provided by both local and international designers. I want to highlight a few tips and share some inspiration for this year’s Pink Polo.

            Silver and Gold
            One can never go wrong with bling for an event such as the Pink Polo. Metal is one of the season’s biggest trends and an elegant statement indeed. For all the obvious cool palettes, rather wear silver than yellow gold. Alternatively combine the two.

            Prints
            From opulent embellished baroque to art deco graphic inspiration and whimsical prints, prints are a must-have for every wardrobe this summer. Prints are flattering because they confuse the eye. Be daring and wear print on print – one print should be busy while the second repeats at least two of the colours to connect the pieces.

            Sheer Cut-away
            Sheer fabrics and lace are feminine and perfect for a summer’s day. Be careful of too much fabric around areas where you carry more weight; this will only add volume. Cut-away or cutouts should reveal areas that are allowed to grab attention: your back or your midriff; definitely a great look for the petite.

            Neon
            Neon might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s something different and I dare you do step out of your comfort zone. Buy a stylish pair of shoes or cocktail bag in neon that will compliment your outfit. The easiest way to style this is to team it with neutral shades.

            Pink
            Everyone is asking me whether I’m going to wear pink to the event, or whether one should one wear pink. My answer is – wear what makes you feel good. This is a day dedicated to a good cause and we want to celebrate it! If you happen to find something in a pink that suits you and fits your shape, GO FOR IT!

            Pastels
            This soft palette is not for everyone. Some of us look completely washed out in pastels, but like neon colours, use them to compliment your true colours. It’s a great alternative to the usual black.

            Dresses and Slacks
            Dresses and skirts are huge this year; celebrating the feminine silhouette. Yes, it is elegant…if it suits your shape! If dresses are not for you then choose one of the many slacks hanging on the shelves: wide legs, sheer palazzos, capri, printed, studded etc.

            The secret to looking sexy and elegant is to be comfortable and confident in what you wear.

            Where can I find a perfect outfit?

            • Malcolm Kluk
            • Kobus Dippenaar
            • Forever New
            • ZARA
            • Jo-Borkette
            • Marie & Me
            • Stuttafords
            • Jenni Button
            • Philosophy
            • Callaghan
            • Isabella Charlotte Boutique

            Please don’t hesitate to contact me for a personal styling or shopping session to look your best at this year’s Pink Polo event.

            For the latest trends and inspiration follow me on http://pinterest.com/marilizedc/; like http://www.facebook.com/Marilizedeclercq or contact me styling@marilizedeclercq.co.za.

            Marilize



          • The YSL 2012 Summer Makeup Collection

            Posted on October 8, 2012 by Simone de Wet

            The YSL 2012 Summer Makeup Collection is sure to add a level of glamour to your look in the coming season. With hues of pink and beige, as well as dashes of coral, it's an elegantly feminine collection that we can't wait to use. Nail colours includes shades such as Corail Colisee (coral red), Beige Leger (nude beige), Taupe Retro (dark brown) and Dore Orfevre (gold).

            Here's what this leading fashion brand has to say about their Summer look: "Beside the pool, the Yves Saint Laurent woman strikes a pose and bathes in the sun. Beneath the azure sky, the heat is at its peak. She wants to cool off. Her fingers, with their coral red tips, slowly untie her safari shirt and YSL python skin sandals. Her skin is sun-kissed, her lips are tantalizing, her eyes are electric blue. She is chic and provocative as she moves through the pool. Her every step gives the water a mirror-like shine. She loves to feel the tension between the icy water and the burning sun. Between shadow and light, earth and water. Between attraction and the temptation to give in. Footsteps approach. She raises her eyes and sees him. She looks at him with her indigo eyes and an irresistible smile appears on her lips. A subtle encouragement or a simmering promise? When it comes to seduction, the Yves Saint Laurent woman makes her own rules."



            Images from Chicprofile.com
            By Simone de Wet, MD Val de Vie Events & Coordination


          • Christine Meintjies Photography Workshop

            Posted on October 8, 2012 by Admin

            Val de Vie Private Room recently coordinated Christine Meintjies' Photography Workshop, an inspiring event that helped aspiring wedding photographers to get some valuable tips, ideas and advice from one of our favourite photographers.

            When asked why she loves to host workshops, Christine replies: "It’s simple. I love sharing. I love meeting new people. I love inspiring and empowering photographers. And most of all, I love to see people blossom in something they love!"

            You can view more beautiful photos on Christine's Facebook Page, or visit her website to find out about her workshops.


          • Crazy about coral

            Posted on October 5, 2012 by Elsje Oosthuizen

            One of the hottest colours this Spring and Summer is coral. Bright, bold and so sexy, this shade has just the right combination of femininity and edginess. Coral is ideal as an accent colour to add to your outfits, so look out for eye-catching coral accessories to take advantage of this trend.

            By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


          • The fabulous photography of Kristina Stojiljkovic

            Posted on October 4, 2012 by Admin

            We adore the work of Kristina Stojiljkovic, a freelance photographer who is based in Cape Town. She has a real talent for capturing all the special moments of a wedding, while also adding an artistic touch to her images. Kristina's wedding photography can be viewed at www.loveandrockets.carbonmade.com and her commercial website is www.birdonawire.co.za.



          • Karma Open Day at the Health Club

            Posted on October 3, 2012 by Admin


          • Make your chair a throne

            Posted on October 3, 2012 by Elsje Oosthuizen

            Sometimes a chair is not just a chair... it's more like a beautiful throne that adorns your home. These gorgeous chairs reflect the style of our upcoming Pink Polo Event, which will have a classic polo theme. White with touches of pink will set the tone for the decor, and we think this combination is perfect for upholstery and soft furnishings. Choose delicate pastel shades and pair them with ivory or soft grey, or even trendy metallics.

            Be sure to get your tickets for Pink Polo before they sell out! Tickets costs R350.00 per person. RSVP by 19 october 2012 to experience this exclusive & exceptional event. Contact Edith Unlimited on 011 783 5887 or via edith@edithunlimited.co.za. Click here to download the full invite.

            By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


          • Luxo offers Pink Polo Inspiration

            Posted on October 3, 2012 by Admin

            We love Luxo's write-up on our upcoming Pink Polo Event. This premier fashion, lifestyle and luxury blog offers a variety of looks that will work for the day, ranging from bold statemen outfits to sporty chic styling.

            Visit their blog for all their gorgeous fashion ideas, and don't forget to get your tickets for Pink Polo! Tickets costs R350.00 per person. RSVP by 19 october 2012 to experience this exclusive & exceptional event. Contact Edith Unlimited on 011 783 5887 or via edith@edithunlimited.co.za. Click here to download the full invite.

            Image from Luxo


          • La Vie Est Belle

            Posted on October 2, 2012 by Simone de Wet

            It's only a few weeks until we host our annual BlackBerry Pink Polo Event on 27 October 2012! As always, it'll be a day of high fashion and indulgence. The dress code is polo chic, so it's time to start getting your look ready for this exciting day. Of course, no outfit is complete without a sensational perfume, and we have our eye on Lancome's new fragrance, La Vie Est Belle. This gorgeous new scent is not only pink, making it perfect for Pink Polo, but it represents the good things in life.  According to fragrantica.com, "the concept of this fragrance is centered on the idea of natural and simple beauty, freedom from conventions and the choice of once own vision of happiness. The fragrance is a kind of outlook on life, inspired by joy and pleasure in small things."

            "This gourmand yet elegant composition is developed by perfumers Olivier Polge, Dominique Ropion and Anne Flipo. The final formula is the result achieved after three years of probation and 5000 versions. Iris is the key ingredient of the perfume, surrounded by orange blossoms and jasmine in the heart. The composition’s opening provides fruity flavors of black currant and pear, while the base is warm, gourmand and powdery due to almond-like accords of tonka bean, praline, patchouli and vanilla."

            Be sure to get your tickets for Pink Polo before they sell out! Tickets costs R350.00 per person. RSVP by 19 october 2012 to experience this exclusive & exceptional event. Contact Edith Unlimited on 011 783 5887 or via edith@edithunlimited.co.za. Click here to download the full invite.

            By Simone de Wet, MD Val de Vie Events & Coordination


          • 663 Must-have Wedding Ideas

            Posted on October 2, 2012 by Simone de Wet

            All brides-to-be know how much planning goes into a wedding. With so many elements and details to take care of, there's no doubt that the more help you can get, the better!

            663 Must-have Wedding Ideas is a fantastic e-book that's packed with inspiration and invaluable tips. It only costs $7.00 and includes 663 original ideas, fun categories like Walking Down the Aisle and Wedding Party Introductions and unique finishing touches that your guests will love.

            You can find the book on Etsy and purchase it online. It's easy inspiration at your fingertips!

            By Simone de Wet, MD Val de Vie Events & Coordination


          • Lisa and Mike's Engagement Shoot

            Posted on October 2, 2012 by Iza de Lange

            Lisa and Mike are a lovely New York couple who will be getting married at Val de Vie Estate in November, and we are so excited to host their special day!

            We love these shots from their engagement shoot, which was held in Times Square, Manhattan and DUMBO, Brooklyn. In August the couple got their marriage license and civil registration at the Manhattan City Hall, followed by an amazing lunch at one of their favourite restaurants in New York's fashionable Meatpacking District.

            Lisa is Zulu and Michael is Italian, which means that the wedding will have a truly international set of guests. Lisa's family will be coming from Durban, Joburg and East London, while Michael’s family will travel from New York and Croatia. Friends from New York, Washington D.C., Dallas, Boston, New Jersey, San Diego, Los Angeles and Hong Kong will also be attending the big day. We can't wait!



            By Iza De Lange, Event Coordinator & Marketing Manager


          • London goes pink for breast cancer awareness

            Posted on October 2, 2012 by Nadia Valentyn

            All around the world people and cities are joining in to show their support for Breast Cancer month. This year London has taken a creative approach by illuminating some of its most famous landmarks in pink.

            Val de Vie will also be showing its support for breast cancer on 27 October 2012, when we'll be hosting our annual BlackBerry Pink Polo Event. Join the gorgeous Edith Venter for a day of pampering, bubbly, delectable foods and gorgeous giveaways. Along with exciting polo action, there will be an open air fashion show.

            Tickets costs R350.00 per person. RSVP by 19 october 2012 to experience this exclusive & exceptional event. Contact Edith Unlimited on 011 783 5887 or via edith@edithunlimited.co.za. Click here to download the full invite.

            The Tower of London

            Buckingham Palace

            Trafalgar Square

            The HMS Belfast

            Images sourced from NBC News Photoblog

            By Nadia Valentyn, Venue Manager & Wedding Planner


          • Gideon and Ammie's Wedding on the Pretty Blog

            Posted on October 1, 2012 by Admin

            We're thrilled that Gideon and Ammie's West Coast wedding has been featured on the Pretty Blog! This beautiful destination wedding was coordinated by Val de Vie Events and it was an enchanting occasion, combining elegance and style with a laid-back ambience.

            Ammie fondly recalls the highlights of the day: "There are so many: obviously seeing Appel at the end of the aisle with a huge smile, driving alone with my father to the ceremony, the speeches – they were amazing. For both of us it is how the stuff that we did not have any control over,  just seemed to turn out perfectly."

            Visit the Pretty Blog to view more photos and to read more about the day.


          • Soy sauce & honey chicken stir-fry with egg noodles

            Posted on September 27, 2012 by Nadia Valentyn

            Here's a delicious and healthy recipe that's sure to be hit with your family and friends! A mix of Asian flavours such as chilli, coriander and peanut oil make this stir-fry a very tasty meal. To round it off, we suggest pairing it with our Polo Club Sauvignon Blanc 2011.

            Soy sauce & honey chicken stir-fry with egg noodles
            [Serves 4]
            3 garlic cloves, minced
            5cm piece ginger, finely grated
            2 tbsp honey
            ¼ cup soy sauce
            1 tbsp vegetable oil
            ½ red chilli, chopped (optional)
            Juice of ½ a lemon
            600g chicken fillet strips
            2 tbsp peanut oil
            1 red & 1 yellow sweet bell pepper, cut into strips
            ½ cup chicken stock
            200g egg noodles, cooked according to packet instructions
            4 spring onions, chopped
            2 red chillies, chopped, to garnish
            2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds to garnish
            Fresh coriander to garnish

            1. Place the garlic, ginger, honey, soy sauce, oil, chilli and lemon juice in a bowl; stir to combine. Toss in the chicken. Allow to stand for 20 min.

            2. Heat a wok, add peanut oil, toss in half the chicken, stir-fry 2–3 min,remove, repeat with remaining chicken, remove. Add peppers,stir-fry for 2 min. Return chicken to wok along with chicken stock, simmer for 3 min, or until liquid reduces and the chicken is cooked through. Add noodles and any remaining sauce, cook for another minute. Stir through spring onions.

            3. To serve: divide among 4 bowls, top with sesame seeds; garnish with chillies and coriander

            By Nadia Valentyn, Venue Manager & Wedding Planner

            Source: Justine Kiggen, Fair Lady Magazine


          • Lizelle's Maternity Photoshoot at Val de Vie

            Posted on September 27, 2012 by Admin

            Pure magic. That's what describes the lovely maternity photoshoot of Lizelle Venter that took place at Val de Vie. Photographer Abri Kruger truly captures the love between this special mother and daughter, creating a series of images that are filled with beauty and emotion.

            Be sure to view more photos at Abri Kruger's website.








          • Val de Vie Private Room: Personalised coordination, wherever you need it

            Posted on September 26, 2012 by Admin


          • Lanquedoc Farm Estate

            Posted on September 26, 2012 by Admin

            If you're looking for excellent accommodation in the Paarl Valley, look no further than the historic Lanquedoc Farm Estate. Located in the beautiful foothills of the magnificent Klein Drakenstein Mountains, the estate offers four star self-catering accommodation in the heart of the Cape Winelands.

            Lanquedoc is a wonderfully tranquil setting and a true country retreat, even though it's a mere 50km from Cape Town. Guests can take leisurely strolls through the estate's olive groves, enjoy a picnic in a scenic setting or simply relax in the secluded pool area. There is also plenty to do in the area, such as wine tasting or playing golf at one of the many nearby golf estates. Of course, a visit to Val de Vie Estate is a must!

            For more information about Lanquedoc Farm Estate, please visit their website.


          • Pink Polo Partners: Polo

            Posted on September 25, 2012 by Admin

            On 27 October 2012 we'll be hosting our annual BlackBerry Pink Polo Event and we can't wait! Join the gorgeous Edith Venter for a day of pampering, bubbly, delectable foods & gorgeous giveaways. Along with exciting polo action, there will be an open air fashion show. The dress code is polo chic, with a focus on “shades & shoes”, so start planning your outfit now!

            Tickets costs R350.00 per person. RSVP by 19 october 2012 to experience this exclusive & exceptional event. Contact Edith Unlimited on 011 783 5887 or via edith@edithunlimited.co.za. Click here to download the full invite.

            Polo is a proud sponsor of this event and will join us the fashion partner, bringing the brand's signature style to the day. Polo will be presenting the fashion show and a Pink Pony pop up store for those wanting to purchase something on the day.

            In support of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Polo also presents its Pink Pony collection. A limited range of Pink Pony signature golfers, t-shirts, belts, journals, handbags and caps will be available from Polo retail stores and selected Stuttafords stores for the duration of October. Polo will donate 15% of the proceeds of Pink Pony products to the Cancer Association of South Africa.

            Polo stores are located in the malls of Sandton, Eastgate, Rosebank, Menlyn, Cavendish and V&A Waterfront.


          • Lee and Garth's Wedding on the SouthBound Bride Blog

            Posted on September 25, 2012 by Admin

            We are delighted that Lee and Garth's Val de Vie wedding  was recently featured on SouthBound Bride wedding blog. The special day was a true celebration of their love and our beautiful estate formed the perfect backdrop to the occasion. As Lee puts it,

            "My husband and I drove around Cape Town for many weekends before we found the perfect venue. One afternoon we came across the Val de Vie Polo Estate and fell in love with it. Garth and I wanted a sophisticated venue that would deliver a spectacular wedding. Val de Vie is fantastic, equipped with modern equipment and features, beautiful landscapes, and a professional, organised team."

            SouthBound Bride (formerly known as Cap Classique) is an established South African wedding blog, featuring real weddings from all over the country, comprehensive supplier lists, and plenty of inspiration for brides and grooms getting married in SA. They have twice been named part of the Bridetide list of the top 100 wedding blogs internationally.

            Be sure to visit the blog to read more about Lee and Garth's wedding, and to see more gorgeous photos by Warren Williams.


          • The Franschhoek Wine Valley Award for Best Local Tourism Authority 2012

            Posted on September 21, 2012 by Admin

            Val de Vie is thrilled to hear that the Franschhoek Wine Valley took the award last night for the Best Local Tourism Authority (LTA) Information Service in the Cape Winelands 2012.

            The Cape Winelands District Municipality Mayoral Awards were presented by the Executive Mayor Alderman de Bruyn and the MEC for Finance, Economic Development and Tourism, Alan Winde.

            We would like to congratulate all those involved with the Franschhoek Wine Valley on this fantastic achievement, which recognises their hard work and commitment to local tourism.


          • Step out with our BlackBerry Pink Polo Fashion Maestro

            Posted on September 21, 2012 by Admin


            Personal stylist and image consultant Marilize De Clercq is our Style Maestro for our 2012 Pink Polo Event. As a talented fashion expert who knows how to make anyone look their absolute best, Marilize will be posting a series of tips and trends over the next few weeks relating to Pink Polo. This week she's got some tips on what heels to wear to this chic event.

            Bold Steps

            "If you are as crazy about shoes as I am, I'm sure that you are enjoying the multi-colour, print, details and colour-block styles this season. Not to mention a touch of neon and a modern twist on pastels.

            2012 is all about statement pieces, with silver and gold taking the spotlight on the runways this spring. The metal detailing on the toe, ankle or heel is one of my favourites. It’s perfect for daytime or evening wear; a bold and eye-catching must-have.

            For a couple of seasons the round toe has been the style to wear, but finally the feminine pointy shoe is back. I have always been a huge fan, especially because it is flattering for my straight boy-shape silhouette. However, if you carry your weight below, then this is not your best shoe. It will accentuate your curves, but there are plenty of alternative sexy and glamorous trends to choose from.

            Besides bright colours and bling, nude is still a wardrobe essential and it’s easy to wear. A classy nude heel is the perfect shoe to wear with a dress; it'll elongate your legs and look very elegant if you prefer a classic look.

            The right pair of shoes can take your outfit to a whole new level of elegance. Try something different to stand out at this year’s Pink Polo."

            Book your personal shopping session: styling@marilizedeclercq.co.za
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          • An elegant birthday celebration by Val de Vie Private Room

            Posted on September 20, 2012 by Admin

            Val de Vie Private Room was proud to coordinate Mr Martin Venter's birthday party. The event was attended by close family and friends, who enjoyed a delicious menu complemented by elegant decor.

            These photos by Inecke Photography reflect what an enjoyable celebration it was. Visit their blog to view more images.


          • Anemi and Zeán's Engagement Shoot

            Posted on September 19, 2012 by Nadia Valentyn

            We are very excited to share some of the beautiful engagements photos of our Full Coordination couple, Anemi & Zeán, who are getting married in March 2013 at Val de Vie.

            They chose a stunning Spring day in the Boland for the shoot (after the first day got rained out!) and the photos were taken by the amazing Joe Dreyer on Zeán’s family farm.

            Anemi’s wants her dream wedding to be clean-cut and minimalistic, yet beautiful, full of elegance and style. It must be a day that their friends and family can celebrate with them and enjoy every minute.

            We cannot wait for the big day when they are pronounced Mr and Mrs!”

            By Nadia Valentyn, Venue Manager & Wedding Planner










          • The Success of the Kia Val De Vie Mountain Bike Challenge

            Posted on September 19, 2012 by Admin

            The Kia Val De Vie Mountain Bike Challenge was held at Val de Vie last weekend and this action-packed event was a phenomenal success. Participants were treated to scenic routes in our beautiful valley that put their skill and endurance to the test. Here's what Darren Herbst had to say about the event:

            "This is just a quick thank you to everyone who was involved in the Kia Val De Vie Mountain Bike Challenge this past weekend. Together we worked really hard to present something special and I feel we achieved that goal. We were amazed with a turnout of close to 800 competitors on the day.

            We have had amazing feedback from everyone who attended the event. Some of the highlights been:

            • The amazing routes and views
            • Festive water points and helpful support
            • The spectacular trails through the different farms and scenery
            • Great organisation
            • Friendly farmers and traffic officials
            • A number of people even saying it’s the best event they have done in the western cape

            Without everyone’s help this would have not been possible and for this we sincerely thank you.

            Been a 1st event we also learnt a lot and already have a number of new ideas to make next year even better. We look forward to working with everyone next year again and trust that we will add even more value to your lovely community."

            View photos of the event on Facebook and Action Photo, or see what Kyknet had to say about the day.









          • Ground-breaking crime fighting initiative for the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley

            Posted on September 19, 2012 by Admin

            A GROUND-BREAKING initiative was formulated this week in an attempt to win the fight against crime in the Valley. This was brought about by various role-players in the Paarl police sector 5 area. This area consists of the farming areas from Du Toit’s Kloof and Klein Drakenstein to Wemmershoek. On Monday afternoon members of the community, the police, social services and management of luxury estates Val de Vie and Pearl Valley met at Val de Vie Polo Club Pavilion to devise a strategy to ensure a safe and secure rural environment where all can prosper and live without fear.

            This whole initiative is dependent on partnership policing between all role-players in this area, building a working relationship between the police and public. This strategy aims to address the day-to-day crime prevention actions, based on the principals of sector policing to address the needs of the entire community in Sector 5.

            Morné Bosch MD of Val de Vie Estate said that this initiative has been discussed for a long time between landowners of the Wemmershoek Road right up to Franschhoek.

            “As stakeholders in the area we are adamant to develop the area into a safe haven for all who live here." “The idea is to establish an non-profit company that with the help of the police will be responsible for securing the area. We are certain that we can establish the necessary funds for this.”

            The idea entails securing the area by means of security cameras at vital entrances, such as from the N1 onto the Wemmershoek Road and making vehicles available for patrolling the area, including farms. “This will only be the start and later we will roll out more security measures. But the most important vehicle we have is that the whole community stands together so that a network of crime-related information is created.”

            But this plan is by no means only for wealthy land-owners, as everyone who lives in the area is in some way or another affected by crime. The entire community must be involved and work together. During the meeting the concept of such a public/police partnership was widely discussed with the question of various crimes in the area.

            It was evident that the main concern is alcohol and drug abuse which often leads to crime and it also a huge social dilemma. One farmer pointed out that one of his employees had an obvious drug problem. When he approached an institution which deals with addiction for help, he was told that he could not be helped because the waiting list was too long. Social workers also admitted that they cannot deal with their work load, as there are far too few staff members for the number of cases that they have to attend to.

            At the end of the day it was agreed that such a partnership committed to helping fight crime, can make a great contribution to this wonderful valley and continue making it one of the best places to live in the world.

            By Lise Beyers, Paarl Post


          • Celebs add glamour to Kia Val de Vie race

            Posted on September 18, 2012 by Admin

            Former Springbok wing Breyten Paulse, Olympic swimmer Ryk Neethling and rally driver Gugu Zulu added a touch of celebrity glamour to the field of almost a thousand riders who took part in the inaugural Kia Val de Vie Estate Mountain Bike Challenge in the Paarl-Franschhoek valley on Sunday.

            The 60km race, which crossed 21 Western Cape wine farms, was won by Charles Keey of Team Blend Properties. He claimed line honours ahead of Team USN rider Jacques Rossouw and Adriaan Louw of Team Contego.

            Phelia Burger was victorious in the women’s race, followed by Desiree Loubser and Tandi Kitching.

            In the 30km event, junior riders Louw Kriel and Catherine Colyn took the men’s and women’s titles for Team Contego/Sludge’ish and bizhub-FCF respectively.

            Toks ‘n Tjops presenter Paulse said he had been very impressed with the organisation, the vibe and the “lekker track”.

            “It’s a nice family outing and was very well-supported. We couldn’t have asked for better weather and the scenery was fantastic – so, all in all, it was a very successful first event.”

            An experienced rider, Paulse easily finished the shorter distance but the Capetonian’s co-host Janina Oberholzer found her first off-road race a little tougher, coming in at the back of the field.

            “Shame, she was broken,” he said. “It was a tough day for Janina but I’m proud of her for finishing.”

            The show’s namesake and anchor, former Springbok prop Toks van der Linde, was also seen sampling the local wines and chatting with the farmers along the route.

            Paulse joked that his aim was to get Van der Linde to eventually ride the race. “We’re busy building a four-wheel bike for Toks; at 190kg, he wouldn’t fit on a normal one.”

            Race organiser Wynand de Villiers, of ASG Events, seconded his plan. “We might have to build Toks a special course too, maybe just take him around the polo field and leave it at that.”

            According to De Villiers, the participants’ lighthearted approach to the day was exactly what organisers had hoped for. “I don’t want this event to get too serious because it’s just so much fun!

            “Most riders stopped for about 10 minutes at each waterpoint to socialise and sample wine with the farmers. It was more like a bazaar than a bike race.”

            However, good riding remained a priority with exciting racing upfront and a well-marked off-road course that did not include any district road, said De Villiers.

            “A couple of people came across the line and said it was the best race they’d ridden in the Western Cape, so we’re very chuffed with that.”

            He said the local community had pulled together to make the race happen. “We’ve made so many friends here – it was just a great time and an absolutely unique event.”

            On a serious note, De Villiers said the local Rotary and Vrede Foundation for young cancer sufferers would also benefit from the race.

            The event was the second fixture in the new Kia series, which includes the Walkerville Classic in July, the KZN Expedition in November and the Krugersdorp Game Reserve Mountain Bike Challenge, which takes place in February next year.

            For more info, contact ASG Events on 076 621 1807 or eventsupport@asgworld.co.za. For updates, follow @CyclingnewsZA.

            Toks ‘n Tjops presenters Janina Oberholzer (left) and Breyten Paulse enjoyed a great day’s racing in the Cape winelands at the inaugural Kia Val de Vie Estate Mountain Bike Challenge, presented by ASG, on Sunday. Photo: Paul Nielsen

            Pro rider Charles Keey (Team Blend Properties) won the inaugural 60km Kia Val de Vie Estate Mountain Bike Challenge, presented by ASG, in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley on Sunday. Photo: Paul Nielsen

            Women’s race winner Phelia Burger in action during the inaugural 60km Kia Val de Vie Estate Mountain Bike Challenge, presented by ASG, in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley on Sunday. Photo: Paul Nielsen


          • Sensational Spring colours

            Posted on September 13, 2012 by Nadia Valentyn

            Coral Pink

            Jill Stuart, Tory Burch and Christian Siriano Spring 2012 RTW | Elle

            No list of spring color trends would be complete without some pink, and this season’s most popular hue is a bright shade with just a hint of orange. Coral has a great blend of femininity and edginess that works in any girl’s wardrobe. Hopefully you’ll find a piece that matches your aesthetic below!

            Get the Look:

            Tangerine Dream

            Pantone named tangerine the color of 2012, so get ready to see this bright hue everywhere this spring. Tangerine is a highly-saturated orange with a reddish undertone, which makes it a flattering shade on most skin tones. Once the warm weather hits, try wearing a bold dress, top or bikini in this shade. However, if you’re feeling a little color shy, start small by rocking a tangerine mani or accessory.

            Get the Look:


            By Nadia Valentyn, Venue Manager & Wedding Planner


          • Pink Polo Inspiration

            Posted on September 13, 2012 by Varety Da Silva

            On 27 October 2012 we'll be hosting our annual BlackBerry Pink Polo Event and we can't wait! Join the gorgeous Edith Venter for a day of pampering, bubbly, delectable foods & gorgeous giveaways. Along with exciting polo action, there will be an open air fashion show.

            Tickets costs R350.00 per person. RSVP by 19 october 2012 to experience this exclusive & exceptional event. Contact Edith Unlimited on 011 783 5887 or via edith@edithunlimited.co.za. Click here to download the full invite.

            The dress code is polo chic, with a focus on “shades & shoes”, so it's time to get inspired and find the look that's right for you. We love this vibrant style, perfect for those who like to stand out amongst the crowd. Shiny embellishments, exotic jewellery and deep, rich colours create a very eye-catching look that still retains a sense of elegance.

            By Varety Da Silva, Venue Coordinator & Operations Manager


          • Pastel prettiness

            Posted on September 12, 2012 by Varety Da Silva

            Perk up your day with pretty pastel shades. Light turquoise and pink tones look almost good enough eat, and they add a fun feminine touch to your decor or wardrobe. There are so many ways to embrace this gorgeous colour combination. Wear a pale turquoise dress complemented by a pink belt, decorate cupcakes in irresistable shades of pink, or accessorise with sparkly aqua coloured gemstones. So soft and sweet, so delicate and delightful!

            By Varety Da Silva, Venue Coordinator & Operations Manager


          • Ammie & Appel's Wedding Video

            Posted on September 11, 2012 by Admin

            Ammie & Gideon HIGHLIGHTS from Sweefilm on Vimeo.

            We love Sweefilm's gorgeous video of Ammie & Appel's Wedding. This full coordination wedding was coordinated by Elsjé Oosthuizen of Val de Vie Events and we thoroughly enjoyed being part of the special day. As a destination wedding, it was held on a farm in the West Coast and this video beautifully brings back all the memories and moment of the event.


          • The Springbok 7s visit Val de Vie

            Posted on September 11, 2012 by Admin

            We were delighted when the Springbok 7s came to train at Val de Vie! The team practiced fitness and breathing techniques in the pool, kitted out in pink speedos! It was a pleasure to have them at the Estate and we wish them all the best with their training.



          • Pamper time perfection

            Posted on September 11, 2012 by Elsje Oosthuizen

            Can you believe it's already September? As the year races on, it's important to take the time to slow down, appreciate the present and treat yourself to some me-time. Most of us don't do this nearly enough, and it can be as simple as indulging in your favourite sweet treats or enjoying a pampering hot bath, complete with bath salts or bubbles.

            Treat yourself or someone you love with a little me-time. We love the idea of packaging something lovely into a pretty jar or box, so that it's ready and waiting to be used. Go ahead, you deserve it!

            By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


          • The Carrol Boyes Leather Collection

            Posted on September 6, 2012 by Admin

            On 27 October 2012 we'll be hosting our annual BlackBerry Pink Polo Event and we can't wait! Join the gorgeous Edith Venter for a day of pampering, bubbly, delectable foods & gorgeous giveaways. Along with exciting polo action, there will be an open air fashion show. The dress code is polo chic, with a focus on “shades & shoes”, so start planning your outfit now!

            Tickets costs R350.00 per person. RSVP by 19 october 2012 to experience this exclusive & exceptional event. Contact Edith Unlimited on 011 783 5887 or via edith@edithunlimited.co.za. Click here to download the full invite.

            Carrol Boyes is a proud sponsor of the event, and we love the new Carrol Boyes stylish leather range, which includes a variety of elegant leather accessories. The softest grey and black bovine leather has been sourced for the creation of these exquisite handbags, wallets, purses, business card holders and organizers.

            Handcrafted and embossed with elegant detail, these accessories will add an unmistakable iconic luxury to any wardrobe.

            The unique embossed patterns that set these leather items apart echo many favourite pewter and aluminum pieces in Wound Up, Quicksilver and Pebble designs.

            Click here to view the brochure, or visit one of the selected Carrol Boyes stores throughout South Africa to see the items for yourself.


          • Detox and get fit for our Fun Run

            Posted on September 6, 2012 by Admin

            The Val de Vie 2012 Fun Run is taking place on 6 October and it's the perfect chance to enjoy some exercise, fresh air and beautiful scenery. For the full details, please click here to download the flyer. You can enter the 5km Run or the 9.5km Run by purchasing tickets on our website.

            Get fit and healthy for the run by following these tips on how to detox and cleanse your system:

            Top Ten Tips for How to Detox Naturally

            Natural cleansing body detox starts with a good cleansing detox diet that fuels cells with the necessary nutrients to detoxify your body naturally.

            While extreme body detox programs can be harsh, you can naturally detoxify your body with these 10 healthy lifestyle tips.

            1. Eat a healthy cleansing detox diet. A natural body detox cleansing diet provides cellular nutrition to your trillions of cells. All cells require quality protein, essential fatty acids found in whole grains, nuts, seeds and olive oil and omega 3 fish oil from cold water fish like salmon, tuna and sardines.

            2. Drink at least 8 daily glasses of water. Pure, clean water helps flush out unwanted toxins. Drinking enough water a day, preferably from glass bottles instead of plastic, is one of the best ways to naturally detoxify your body. Soft drinks, alcohol, black tea and coffee are no substitute. Try herbal teas if you want something hot. For flavour, add a slice of fresh lemon or a view drops of lemon juice.

            3. Improve elimination with fiber rich foods. To ensure that toxins don't build up in your system, include plenty of fresh vegetables, raw fruit, beans, whole grains and other nutritious high fiber foods for better elimination.

            4. Exercise and stretch your body daily. Regular physical activity helps you to detox naturally. At least a half-hour of daily exercise and stretching will improve blood circulation, burn calories to break down toxins stored in fat cells and help you to excrete toxic residue through sweat.

            5. Sweat for perspiration waste elimination. Besides daily physical activity, saunas and warm baths with Epsom salts or sea salt can be used to induce sweating and eliminate toxins and heavy metals.

            6. Stimulate your skin to detox naturally. Massage can boost your lymphatic system to naturally detoxify your body. Drink water afterwards to increase toxin elimination. Dry brushing skin before bathing can also improve circulation and stimulate natural body detox cleansing.

            7. Reduce toxins coming into your body. Whenever possible eat organic food and avoid food additives, high glycemic index foods, bad fats, stimulants, drugs and environmental chemicals.

            8. Take natural cleansing supplements. All nutrients are important. But some particularly contribute to body detox cleansing. Focus on vitamins A, B complex, C and E, plus magnesium chromium, selenium and omega 3 fish oil. Also, green tea, milk thistle and garlic may be helpful.

            9. Do regular deep breathing exercises. Deep, slow, conscious breathing periodically during the day releases carbon dioxide and toxic gases from your body as you exhale. It also allows oxygen to reach your tissues by circulating through your lungs, bloodstream, heart and brain.

            10. Reduce stress with positive focus. Since hanging on to negative thoughts and feelings can be toxic too, it's important to focus on positive thinking and behavior. Even crying is a way to naturally detoxify.

            With these tips on how to detoxify your body and how to detox naturally, you can give yourself the gift of health, through natural cleansing body detox. You'll learn how to detoxify your body, all day long, everyday.


          • Getting ready for the Polo Season

            Posted on September 6, 2012 by Admin

            It's time for the Polo Season to be back in action, and Tehri Fergusson, our Equestrian Manager & Polo Administrator, can't wait! Here's what she has to say about preparations for this exciting time:

            "The relief of warm sunny days after one of the wettest Winters I have ever experienced is always the best medicine to start willing on the arrival of Summer in the Boland!

            Fitness and health are the number one order of the day. With all the Polo ponies back into their fitness regime, one never gets tired of watching the beauty and power of a Polo pony exercising on the track in the early morning sun. The sound of their powerful legs eating up the track while their keen eyes and ears are always pointing forward, as if they know the Polo season is on the horizon!

            Polo players are sorting out their equipment that has been lying dormant for so many months, cleaning and polishing their boots and knee pads in eager anticipation of the forthcoming season. The Blackberry Pink Polo Event on 27 October is one of the major highlights on the Events calendar, and is sure to be filled with amazing polo action and skill as the Polo players show tremendous determination and team work with both their Equine and fellow Players on the field.

            The sound of the mighty thoroughbred’s powerful lungs sucking up the air like a Formula One racing car with their absolute strength and ability, galloping down the polo field, will be on the mind of every Polo player as the Season commences. Polo is not just a sport – it’s a lifestyle!"


          • Ring me up

            Posted on September 4, 2012 by Elsje Oosthuizen

            Let your fingers sparkle with pretty rings this spring. Semi-precious stones and glass coupled with metals such as silver and copper create a natural, bohemian style. This look is not about finding a ring that's perfectly polished - these unique pieces rather add interest to your outift with their unusual shapes and gorgeous colours.

            By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Event Coordinator & Marketing Manager


          • Perfect Soles

            Posted on September 3, 2012 by Admin

            Personal stylist and image consultant Marilize De Clercq is our Style Maestro for our 2012 Pink Polo Event. As a talented fashion expert who knows how to make anyone look their absolute best, Marilize will be posting a series of tips and trends over the next few weeks relating to Pink Polo. This week she's got some fabulous tips on how men can get style-savvy with their shoes.

            "It is a great honor to be the Style Maestro for this year’s Pink Polo event and I would like to take you on a fashion journey of colour, what to wear and how to wear it at this year’s event, hosted at Val de Vie Polo Estate.

            It is good to start with a key item that you want to focus on and create a look around the color or ‘theme’ you would like to visually communicate. For example, a striking blazer, bright trousers, printed shorts etc.

            I have had a shoe fetish ever since I can remember and it if there is one thing I notice about a man, it is his shoes. I am particularly fond of the colors and prints for Spring/Summer 2012; and what better opportunity to dress your best or show your interpretation of pink in aid of breast cancer.

            Pink, yellow, pastels and neon are all colours you have either heard or read about in the past few months. Yes, these are all colours that you can enjoy other than the usual blue, navy, black and grey.

            There is, however, a whole new take on blue this spring and summer. It is brighter, lighter and looks amazing with this year’s 80’s comeback, neon colors. For the not-so-daring men who are looking for some change, trade your boring monotone shoelaces for trendy bright colors available at Fabiani, or I dare you to wear colourful printed socks; they do not have to match the colours of your apparel.

            The difference this season is in the detail; tasseled loafers, colorful rubber soles and two-tone color brogues. These are all styles that will make a statement and be comfortable at the same time.

            I am looking forward to seeing you on the 27 October 2012; please don’t hesitate to contact me for a personal styling or shopping session to look your best at this year’s Pink Polo event.

            For the latest trends and inspiration follow me on http://pinterest.com/marilizedc/; like http://www.facebook.com/Marilizedeclercq or contact me styling@marilizedeclercq.co.za."

            Kind regards
            Marilize



          • Congratulations to Duane!

            Posted on August 30, 2012 by Admin

            Val de Vie Full Coordination would like to congratulate Duane, a Val de Vie groom, on being chosen as a Spingbok player! It's a wonderful achievement and we wish him and Ezel all the best for the exciting times ahead.

            Photo by Agape Studio


          • The Power of Pink

            Posted on August 29, 2012 by Iza de Lange

            Our annual BlackBerry Pink Polo Event is coming up on 27 October 2012 and it's going to be a fabulous fay of fashion, polo and pampering. The dress code is polo chic, with a focus on “shades & shoes”, and of course, pink!

            An easy way to add some pink to your outfit is to find a stunning shade of pink lipstick. Pay close attention to the fashion runways this year and you'll see an explosion of pink lipstick. Pink appears to be the hue of the season, with celebrities donning the color all over the place. But you've probably also seen quite a few pink lipstick disasters. This is because pink can be a tricky colour to master when it comes to fashion. The wrong shade, the wrong lighting, or even the wrong brand-can wreak havoc on your outfit. There are some clever tricks you can use to make sure your pink explosion doesn't look like clown-wear. Here are some basic Dos and Don'ts.

            Don't...Forget to moisturize lips underneath.

            Like red lips, bright pink colors have a tendency to look caked and artificial. To avoid this, make sure that your lips are smooth and moisturized underneath. Try wearing a nourishing lip balm underneath. If you don't, by the end of the day it may look as if you've dipped your lips in cake frosting.

            Don't...Line the lips with a dark color.

            For some reason in the late 70's and early 80's it was fashionable for African American women to line their lips with dark brown (or black) liner, filling the middle in with their color of choice. While that style has (fortunately) dissipated, there is still a tendency for some ladies to line their pink lips with a color that is in effect, too dark. Stay away from dark liners, and opt for liner in a similar shade, if you do line the lips at all.

            Don't...Wear bright pink lips with bright blue eye shadow.

            You may have seen that fabulous Zac Posen model sporting a freakishly stylish set of colors on her face. But that neon pink lip color and matching electric blue was more than likely all for show. That designers and stylists utilize these avant garde styles is enticing to most consumers. But translating these crazy looks is much more difficult in the harsh light of day. If you're not yet comfortable with your new pink lips, skip the blue shadow and wear eye shades that are a bit more conservative this go 'round.

            Do...Wear sheer pink colors for an easy daytime look.

            One way to really amp up your look for spring is to try out sheer styles. If you're still a bit apprehensive about pink lip color for your skin tone, start out with a tinted gloss. Glosses are delicate and natural looking, and don't come across as garish. Or experiment by blotting a light coat of pink lipstick, and then "smudging" it with a clear gloss you already have.

            Do...Opt for "toned down " pink versions.

            Many people think Bubblegum when they about pink lipstick. While this color can work in some situations, there are indeed some other shades you should consider. A muted mauve-perhaps a gloss-is another great option for day or night. Other shades to try out? Dusty pink, rose colors, pearlized pinks, and magenta.

            Do...Balance delicate pink lips with big, flirty lashes.

            One thing you'll notice on your favorite celebrities are pairs of luscious lashes. Because pink can be a rather "intrusive" color when worn, you can balance your cosmetic look by making sure you've got flirty eyes. Dust a neutral, iridescent shadow on lids, and finish off with some lash extensions, a pair of curly fake lashes, or some really terrific mascara.

            By Iza De Lange, Event Coordinator & Marketing Manager


          • Get fit for our Fun Run

            Posted on August 29, 2012 by Nadia Valentyn

            The Val de Vie 2012 Fun Run is taking place on 6 October and it's the perfect chance to enjoy some exercise, fresh air and beautiful scenery. For the full details, please click here to download the flyer. You can enter the 5km Run or the 9.5km Run by purchasing tickets on our website.

            To get fit and ready for a long run, it's good to train properly and take care of your body. Today we've got some great advice on eating properly before a marathon:

            Question: What should I eat before a marathon?

            Answer: What you eat in the days before your marathon can make or break your race. Eating too much, too little or the wrong foods could leave you feeling tired during the marathon or force you to stop several times during the race.

            Rule No. 1 of pre-marathon nutrition is: "Nothing new for race day." During your long training runs, you should have been practicing your carbo-loading and experimenting with different foods in the days leading up to your long runs. So, when it comes to your pre-marathon meals, don't try any new foods; just stick with your favorite pre-long run foods that you're used to eating.

            What types of foods are best? Pasta is a traditional favorite among marathon runners, but other carbohydrate-rich options include bread, cereal, bagels, potatoes, oatmeal, rice, pizza and sweet potatoes. It's also important to get some protein the day before your marathon, so include a small serving of fish or meat in your dinner. Avoid high-fiber or gas-forming foods like beans and any type of food that may upset your stomach or can interfere with sleep.

            If you're traveling to a new location for your marathon, make sure you plan your meals in advance and be sure your favorite foods are available in the race city. Some runners prefer not to take any chances and pack their favorite foods to bring with them.

            The day before your marathon, spread your calories out throughout the day, so that you're eating something every two to three hours. Eat three normal-sized meals and two to four snacks. About 65-70% of your calories come from carbohydrates, so try to add an extra serving of carbs to your meals and make sure your snacks are mostly carbs. Stick to healthy options and try to avoid very sugary junk foods.

            Try to eat your pre-marathon dinner somewhere between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., so you'll have plenty of time to digest before you go to bed. If you eat on the early side, you can also have a small snack a couple of hours later.

            Be sure to finish your breakfast at least 90 minutes before the marathon start. Don't have a huge breakfast and stick with mostly carbs and some protein. Some examples of good pre-marathon breakfast foods (again, don't experiment with any new foods) include: a bagel with peanut butter; a banana and an energy bar; or a bowl of cold cereal with a cup of milk.

            Source: About.com

            By Nadia Valentyn, Venue Manager & Wedding Planner


          • Good luck to the athletes of the Paralympics 2012!

            Posted on August 29, 2012 by Nadia Valentyn

            Val de Vie would like to wish the best of luck to all the athletes who are taking part in the Paralympics 2012, which start in less than 12 hours. We are really proud of everything that you have achieved and we stand behind you, cheering you on and supporting you all the way! You are a great inspiration to us!

            The Games start tonight (29 August) and will continue until 9 September in London. 62 Paralympians will make us proud this year. Visit the official website for the schedule and more information. You can also visit the official Paralympic sponsor’s website ( www.paralympics.picknpay.co.za) for more information on our South African Athletes and to get to know them better.

            A Little history on the Paralympic Games…

            South Africa made their Paralympic debut at the 1964 Games in Tokyo. They sent a team of nine in 1964 to compete in archery, athletics, swimming and weightlifting. Their all-time medal count of 251 comes from participation in nine Games. South Africa came sixth in the overall medal table at the Beijing Paralympic Games. Natalie Du Toit was their most successful Paralympic medallist winning four gold medals in swimming. Oscar Pistorius and Hilton Langenhoven were both triple gold medallists in athletics.

            By Nadia Valentyn, Venue Manager & Wedding Planner


          • Pink Polo Partners: Pongrácz

            Posted on August 28, 2012 by Admin

            On 27 October 2012 we'll be hosting our annual BlackBerry Pink Polo Event and we can't wait! Join the gorgeous Edith Venter for a day of pampering, bubbly, delectable foods & gorgeous giveaways. Along with exciting polo action, there will be an open air fashion show. The dress code is polo chic, with a focus on “shades & shoes”, so start planning your outfit now!

            Tickets costs R350.00 per person. RSVP by 19 october 2012 to experience this exclusive & exceptional event. Contact Edith Unlimited on 011 783 5887 or via edith@edithunlimited.co.za. Click here to download the full invite.

            We are thrilled to have Pongrácz as a sponsor for this exceptional event. This singularly noble Cap Classique is now available in a stylish petite bottle – the ultra elegant choice when all you need is a glass or two. Availabe in both Pongrácz and Pongrácz Rosé, these exquisite 375 ml bottles are the perfect pre-dinner aperitif or a luxurious after work indulgence.

            An exceptional blend of the classic Champagne varietals, Pinot noir and Chardonnay, Pongrácz is set apart by its crisp green apple tones and the nuttiness of freshly baked bread. The graceful Pongrácz Rosé with its salmon hue is enchantingly dry with a wonderful foamy mouthful of black berry fruit and delicate yeasty notes.

            Whether you enjoy a flute of fine Cap Classique at a chic night spot or for an after work get together, the Pongrácz petites are stylish companions for any occasion.

            Retailing at R61 and R70 respectively, the 375 ml Pongrácz and Pongrácz Rosé are available at selected wine shops, trendy bars and restaurants. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/PongraczCapClassique or www.pongracz.co.za.


          • Karlien van Jaarsveld's Val de Vie Photoshoot

            Posted on August 27, 2012 by Iza de Lange

            Lig magazine held a photoshoot at Val de Vie last week featuring Karlien van Jaarsveld and her fiance. We adore the beautiful, romantic photos of this fabulous couple!

            By Iza De Lange, Event Coordinator & Marketing Manager


          • Pink Polo Partners: BMW

            Posted on August 27, 2012 by Admin

            On 27 October 2012 we'll be hosting our annual BlackBerry Pink Polo Event and we can't wait! Join the gorgeous Edith Venter for a day of pampering, bubbly, delectable foods & gorgeous giveaways. Along with exciting polo action, there will be an open air fashion show. The dress code is polo chic, with a focus on “shades & shoes”, so start planning your outfit now!

            Tickets costs R350.00 per person. RSVP by 19 october 2012 to experience this exclusive & exceptional event. Contact Edith Unlimited on 011 783 5887 or via edith@edithunlimited.co.za. Click here to download the full invite.

            We are delighted to have BMW as a sponsor of the event. Innovation is part of the BMW brand and evolutionary innovations have shaped the history of their company and the image of their cars. Enter a BMW and you know you will find an intelligent combination of the possible and the practical. BMW doesn’t subscribe to developing new technology for its own sake: only when an invention proves that it makes driving more efficient, safer or more enjoyable will they develop it into a BMW innovation.

            Active Steering is a perfect example: it earned BMW an award as the most innovative company in Germany. But for them the most valuable award is the satisfaction of our customers. Every day, our developers, engineers, technicians and designers take on the challenge of finding not just any solution but the very best. Not to simply meet standards, but to surpass them. Driving a BMW means sensing this in every detail: in its quality and design. In its remarkable agility. In its dynamic, efficient engines. After all, there’s one BMW innovation that sets them apart from all others: Sheer Driving Pleasure.


          • Pink Polo Partners: Gaggenau

            Posted on August 27, 2012 by Admin

            On 27 October 2012 we'll be hosting our annual BlackBerry Pink Polo Event and we can't wait! Join the gorgeous Edith Venter for a day of pampering, bubbly, delectable foods & gorgeous giveaways. Along with exciting polo action, there will be an open air fashion show. The dress code is polo chic, with a focus on “shades & shoes”, so start planning your outfit now!

            Tickets costs R350.00 per person. RSVP by 19 october 2012 to experience this exclusive & exceptional event. Contact Edith Unlimited on 011 783 5887 or via edith@edithunlimited.co.za. Click here to download the full invite.

            Gaggenau is one of the proud sponsors of the event and are renowned for creating high-quality home appliances. They are acknowledged as an innovation leader in design and technology “Made in Germany”. The company, with a history that goes back over more than 300 years, has revolutionised the domestic kitchen over and over again with its internationally acclaimed products. Gaggenau’s success is founded on technological innovation and a clear design language combined with high functionality. Gaggenau has been a subsidiary of BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH in Munich since 1995 and is currently represented in more than 50 countries with flagship showrooms in major cities around the world. In 2011, Gaggenau reached a turnover of more than 170 million euros.

            The team of five Gaggenau designers headed by Sven Baacke pursue a holistic approach that explores the essence of the brand. Aside from product design, the team is involved in shaping the entire brand experience chain from accessories and exhibition presentations to flagship showrooms (from left to right : Sören Strayle, Sándor Klunker, Janina Fey, Sven Baacke, Sebastian Knöll).



          • Get ready for BlackBerry Pink Polo at Val de Vie

            Posted on August 24, 2012 by Admin

            On 27 October 2012 we'll be hosting our annual BlackBerry Pink Polo Event and we can't wait! Join the gorgeous Edith Venter for a day of pampering, bubbly, delectable foods & gorgeous giveaways. Along with exciting polo action, there will be an open air fashion show. The dress code is polo chic, with a focus on “shades & shoes”, so start planning your outfit now!

            Tickets costs R350.00 per person. RSVP by 19 october 2012 to experience this exclusive & exceptional event. Contact Edith Unlimited on 011 783 5887 or via edith@edithunlimited.co.za.

            Click here to download the full invite.


          • Congrats to JP Duminy and the Proteas!

            Posted on August 24, 2012 by Admin




            We would like to congratulate our Val de Vie groom, JP Duminy, on the Proteas' latest victory! The SA Test Squad won their five day test cricket series, making them the number 1 test cricket (5 day cricket) team in the world, what an amazing achievement!

            The team will now play five one day games against England. If they win, the Proteas will also become the world's top 50/50 cricket team. Go Proteas go!


          • Fresh Country Air and Luxury Living at Val de Vie

            Posted on August 24, 2012 by Admin

            Voted one of the top 15 address in SA, even the air seems more fresh and life in the country so much more enjoyable.

            Val de Vie offers its residents an exceptional country lifestyle! State-of-the-art security, breathtaking scenery and a variety of leisure activities, the estate presents the perfect balance between nature and affordable world-class modern living. Val de Vie is also conveniently situated close enough to the Airport and Cape Town - a 40 minute drive - and several excellent schools such as Bridge House in Franschhoek (private), and Paarl Gym and Paarl Boys (public) in Paarl, to mention but a few.

            French Provencal and Cape Colonial architecture sets an elegant tone in this luxurious yet laid back development, complemented by the spectacular beauty of the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley.

            Those who enjoy the finer things in life will delight in the culinary offerings of Franschhoek and Stellenbosch.

            Golfers will appreciate the estate’s proximity to Pearl Valley Golf Estates and Boschenmeer, both neighbouring Val de Vie.

            To enquire about luxury living at val de Vie, email villas@valdevie.co.za


          • Healthy living for a healthy mind

            Posted on August 24, 2012 by Admin

            Val de Vie Estate is the perfect place to enjoy a healthy and happy lifestyle. With a world-class gym and outdoor activities such as horse riding and fly fishing,  there are many ways to keep fit and have fun too.

            As we head into Spring, we encourage you to get outside and get into shape with the Val de Vie 2012 Fun Run. It's the perfect chance to enjoy some exercise, fresh air and beautiful scenery. For the full details, please click here to download the flyer.

            You can enter the 5km Run or the 9.5km Run by purchasing tickets on our website.


          • The most delicious Custard Cake

            Posted on August 23, 2012 by Iza de Lange

            The Pretty Blog has a scrumptious recipe for a Custard Cake, and we can't wait to try it! It's a treasured family recipe by Elza de Jongh with a lovely story behind it.

            Custard Cake Recipe

            Note: This recipe is all about the custard icing. Please use any sponge cake recipe that you are comfortable with – I like the warm milk method, and I use a little less sugar than tannie Elsa’s original cake batter recipe. But don’t tweak anything about the custard icing – it looks a little curdled, but that is exactly what it should look like! :)

            Ingredients for sponge cake:
            4 eggs
            300 ml (250 g) caster sugar
            500 ml (280 g) cake flour
            15 ml baking powder
            a pinch of salt
            250 ml milk
            100 g butter
            5 ml vanilla essence

            Method:
            Pre-heat oven to 180 C. Grease and/or line 2 x 20 cm round cake tins.
            Beat eggs and sugar until light and fluffy.
            Sift flour, baking powder and salt together, then fold into egg mixture.
            Heat milk and butter until butter is melted, but don’t let it boil. Add vanilla, then fold into flour and egg mixture.
            Pour batter into lined cake tins, then bake for 25-30 minutes until cooked and golden brown.
            Remove from oven, and cool on wire racks.

            Ingredients for Custard icing:
            500 ml milk
            100 ml custard powder (I use Moirs)
            125 g butter at room temperature
            200 ml caster sugar
            5 ml vanilla essence
            100 ml desiccated coconut, toasted to a golden brown in a dry pan

            Method:
            Dissolve the custard powder in 100 ml milk. Heat remaining 400 ml milk until boiling point, then add custard mixture and stir for a few minutes over lowered heat until it is smooth and thick. Take care not to let it burn. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
            In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with sugar and vanilla for a few minutes until creamy.
            Add cooled custard to butter mixture, then beat on high speed for about 3 minutes until smooth. It will look slightly curdled, that is perfect!
            Spread custard on cake layers and on top, then top with toasted coconut.

            Visit The Pretty Blog to view the full post.

            By Iza De Lange, Event Coordinator & Marketing Manager


          • Happy birthday Iza!

            Posted on August 23, 2012 by Admin

            The Val de Vie Events Team and everyone at the Estate would like to wish Iza a very happy birthday! As our Social Media Marketing Manager and Events Coordinator, she is a very special part of our team and we really admire her passion and dedication to her work. Iza, we hope that you have a truly wonderful day, filled with much love and happiness.


          • The ELLE Loves Being A Woman event at Val de Vie

            Posted on August 22, 2012 by Admin

            Western Cape readers of ELLE joined editor Jackie Burger and the ELLE team for a day of pampering and inspirations at Val de Vie Estate, which hosted the annual ELLE Loves Being A Woman event. Guests were treated to a fashion show, pop-up stroes, fashion and beauty tips as well as a delectable three course lunch. The ladies also went home with a goodie bag worth R1000 each, including a Forever New voucher, a copy of our September issue, and a sweet fix provided by Cadbury’s new Bubbly slab. What a fabulous day!

            View more photos and details about the event on the ELLE Facebook page or on their website.







          • The new vintage wedding

            Posted on August 20, 2012 by Admin

            This week our favourite wedding stylist and consultant, annaH, takes a look at the new way of interpreting the vintage theme at your wedding:

            "Forget the conventional and swap your dusty pink and ivory colour scheme to embrace a different kind of vintage this season. This beautiful wedding (photographed by Alea Lovely) proves that with the right accessories, stationery and tailoring ... you CAN pull off a timeless, vintage wedding without the 'safe' comfort of lace trimmings and pearls." - annaH








          • The Phoebe and Floyd photo shoot at Val de Vie

            Posted on August 20, 2012 by Admin

            The Manor House at Val de Vie was recently the location of the Phoebe and Floyd Kiddies range photo shoot. Designed by Marty Nagel, the range is exclusively for children and we are absolutely smitten with these adorable photos! Photography by Joannette Kruger of Captured Moments.

            The estate is a fantastic venue for photo shoots, be sure to look at our visual showcase.








          • Wedding Ceremony Basics

            Posted on August 17, 2012 by Simone de Wet

            Martha Stewart Weddings has an excellent guide on wedding ceremony etiquette. Whether you are planning a traditional Christian or Jewish ceremony, there are certain traditions which should be observed.

            For example, at a traditional, formal Christian wedding or a large civil ceremony, the bride's family and friends are seated on the left and the groom's on the right. Mark off the first few rows with flowers or ribbon as seating for immediate family and special guests, as labeled below. Divorced parents may sit together in the front row. If they are remarried or not on good terms, the father and his wife should sit in the third or fourth row. Ushers seat guests as they arrive, from front rows to back; the final guests to be seated are, in this order: grandparents, mother of the groom (with father walking just behind), and mother of the bride.

            Read more about ceremony guidelines at Martha Stewart Weddings.

            By Simone de Wet, MD Val de Vie Events & Full Coordination


          • Choosing the engagement ring - The four c's of diamonds

            Posted on August 17, 2012 by Iza de Lange



            THE CUT OF A DIAMOND
            Cut is possibly the most important factor in the Four Cs, because cut is what gives a diamond its brilliance. Cut is certainly the most misunderstood and controversial of the four Cs.

            When we talk about cut, we mean much more than the shape of a diamond. We are talking about the technicalities of exact angles, proportions, symmetry, and polish that affect the way a diamond handles light.

            In short, how well a diamond is cut determines how well the diamond will shine.

            THE CLARITY GRADING SYSTEM
            The most widely used system for grading a diamond's clarity was developed by the GIA (Gemological Institute of America). Each grade and description was developed so that trained gemologists all over the world working with a ten-power magnification could all give a diamond the same grade.

            FI - Flawless : No blemishes or inclusions- Ordinary wear could cause a flawless diamond to lose its flawless status, and therefore they are rarely used in jewelry.

            IF - Internally Flawless : No inclusions and only insignificant blemishes - Diamonds, with no inclusions and only tiny scratches or pits that can be removed by repolishing, are classified as IF.

            VVS-1 & VVS-2 : Very, Very Slightly Included, very minor inclusions that are difficult to see - The inclusions in this grading are so small that the average person will likely not find them under a ten-power microscope.

            VS-1 : Very Slightly Included : Small inclusions that are difficult to see - An average person has a very hard time finding inclusions on diamonds in this category when using a ten power microscope.

            VS-2 : Very Slightly Included : Small inclusions that are somewhat easy to see - The inclusions on a diamond in this category are the same as those in VS1, but the inclusions are more numerous or larger.

            • SI-1 : Slightly Included : Inclusions that are easy to see - The unaided eye probably cannot see any inclusions.

            • SI-2 : Slightly Included : Inclusions that are very easy to see - The inclusions of these diamonds can be seen through the bottom of the stone, but not normally through the top.

            • I-1, I-2, I-3 : Imperfect : inclusions that are obvious - The inclusions of diamonds in these categories are easily seen. Diamonds with an I3 rating often look shattered. I2 and I3 diamonds may have inclusions that could affect the durability of the diamond.

            THE COLOUR OF A DIAMOND
            The Colours of diamonds can vary greatly. Diamonds can be red, green, purple, blue, brown, yellow, and even black. The brightly Coloured diamonds are often called "fancy Colour." The Colour is determined by which trace elements can be found within the diamond and how they originated. The most valuable diamonds are those for which no Colour can be found in the stone. Such diamonds, however, are very rare. Far more common are diamonds with a slight to obvious yellow tint.

            A Colourless diamond is more valuable because it reflects 100% of the light back through the diamond.

            The Colour Grading System
            The most widely used system for grading the colour of diamonds was developed by the GIA (Gemological Institute of America). The system uses alphabetical letters ranging from D to Z+ to identify Colours.

            In terms of price, D is the most expensive Colour while N through Z are the least expensive. Diamonds, that are yellow enough to receive the rating of Z+, are considered fancies and are not priced in this manner. Their price increases with the intensity of their Colour.

            Diamonds with a grade between D and F are rare and therefore, the most expensive. They are often called "Colourless" or "collection." The difference between a D and F graded stone is a matter of transparency, where D is the most transparent. D, E, and F stones are Colourless to the naked eye.

            Diamonds in the G though J area are called "near Colourless" or "white." A near Colourless diamond can also be worth a lot, as the average consumer will not even notice the yellow tints. A trained gemologist, however, will be able to detect the yellowish hue.

            K through M rated diamonds, or "faint yellow," have a slightly noticeable yellow tint. These stones are more common and less expensive. Some people prefer the yellowish tint because of the warm tone it conveys.

            Diamonds that have been graded N through have a noticeable yellow Colour and are therefore much less expensive.

            DIAMOND CARAT
            How the carat weight of a diamond affects its value.
            A diamond's weight in carats is one measure of its value, along with the other 3 of the "4 Cs:" carat weight, cut, color and clarity.

            Diamonds are among the rarest of materials on earth; every diamond, of every size and quality, has a definite value. The size of a diamond is measured in its carat weight. One carat = 1/5 of a gram. Carats are further divided into 100 points. Diamond weight may sometimes be expressed in points or in carats: a "75 point diamond" weighs 3/4 of a carat.
            Large diamonds are far more rare than smaller ones. Large diamonds are highly prized because of their rarity and because larger diamonds, when cut, have more brilliance. Carat for carat, a large diamond will cost more than a smaller one.

            It is difficult to judge the carat weight of a diamond by its apparent size; diamonds of the same diameter may weigh more or less than each other because of the way they are cut.

            By Iza De Lange, Event Coordinator & Marketing Manager


          • Summer brights

            Posted on August 17, 2012 by Simone de Wet

            It's been a long and cold winter, but we've got the sunshine of summer to look forward to! This summer bright colours are big news, adding a playful splash of vibrancy to decor and wardrobes alike. Opt for bold magenta, hot orange and deep turquoise for an instant colour fix.

            By Simone de Wet, MD Val de Vie Events & Full Coordination


          • Val de Vie in ELLE

            Posted on August 17, 2012 by Admin

            We're so proud of our beautiful advertisment that appears in the August issue of ELLE magazine. The advert was beautifully put together by Jean-Pierre Uys (Photography), Coord (styling), Helga Strydom (Make up and Hair) and Kobus Dippenaar (wedding dresses).


          • Carrol Boyes - helping WWF keep Africa's iconic rhino alive

            Posted on August 16, 2012 by Admin

            We really admire Carrol Boyes' efforts to fight the terrible issue of rhino poaching in South Africe. During the last few years South Africa has experienced an alarming increase in rhino poaching, triggered by the illegal demand for rhino horn. The brutal rhino horn trade is run by well-resourced, sophisticated, international criminal syndicates. If WWF and its partners had not been investing in rhino conservation over the past several decades, the situation could have been far worse. Over the past two decades both white and black rhino populations have increased considerably as a result of conservation efforts. Current levels of poaching threaten to negate these gains, however, these efforts have put us in a far better position to weather this storm. WWF's Black Rhino Expansion Program has been at the centre of these efforts. Since 2003 seven new black rhino populations have been created on about 150,000 hectares of habitat. Nearly 120 black rhino have been translocated to these sites. WWF galvanizes its efforts around a five pronged approach aimed at strategic parts of the poaching value chain. WWF will continue to improve its understanding of trade dynamics in importing countries and to find ways to influence demand; improve bilateral co-operation between South Africa and importing countries such as Vietnam; improve the judicial and forensic processes (through capacity development as well as expert and hardware support); build community buffers around key rhino populations; and continue to build resilient rhino populations by improving management of existing populations as well establishing new founder populations in secure locations.

            Carrol Boyes’ campaign helps support WWF-SA and its Rhino Conservation Work. By supporting WWF's rhino conservation work, we help to stop the criminal elements plundering our national heritage and endangering a global asset. Together, we can help keep Africa's iconic rhino alive.

            During the last few years South Africa has experienced an alarming increase in rhino poaching. WWF works on two fronts to help rhinos - keeping them safe and growing their numbers.  Carrol Boyes supports WWF and its Rhino Conservation Work, and helps to keep Africa's iconic rhino alive.

            Carrol Boyes will donate 25% of the proceeds from the sale of these Business Card Holders to the WWF.

            In keeping with the brand's commitment to the greater good, Carrol Boyes is also a sponsor of our BlackBerry Pink Polo event in October, which is held in aid of breast cancer.


          • Marlene's 30th birthday celebration

            Posted on August 13, 2012 by Iza de Lange

            Val de Vie Private Room is an on and off-site coordination service that promises you a boutique event experience. With our expertise, we can coordinate anything from baby showers and birthdays to kitchen teas and cocktail parties, all in the privacy of your home or your chosen venue.

            We recently coordinated Marlene's 30th birthday celebration, which was hosted at her house and attended by 30 guests. It was really great working with such a lovely client and we thoroughly enjoyed the planning process. The decor was beautifully put together by Nico, while the Polo Club Restaurant created a feast of flavours. The talented Marlene baked the birthday cake herself and it was truly delicious, with a chocolate mousse heart in the middle.







            Photos by Inecke Photography

            By Iza de Lange, Marketing Manager and Event Coordinator


          • Savvy style: Carrol Boyes sunglasses

            Posted on August 13, 2012 by Admin


            Keep chic with Carrol Boyes sunglasses, the ultimate accessory for your summer wardrobe. We know we'll be wearing them to our BlackBerry Pink Polo event in October, of which Carrol Boyes is a proud sponsor. There are a variety of different styles and colours on offer, making it so easy to find the right pair for your look.


          • Olga and Hanjo's wedding in pictures

            Posted on August 11, 2012 by Admin

            Olga and Hanjo held their wedding at Val de Vie on 30 June 2012, and it was a dazzling winter celebration that Val de Vie Full Coordination was so proud to coordinate. The glass marquee was a real sight to behold and a venue option that we are very excited to offer.

            We are so excited to see all the beautiful photos from this special day, they are truly spectacular! Visit Christine Meintjes' website for more images: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3















          • The brilliance of Ryan Graham Photography

            Posted on August 10, 2012 by Admin

            We are so enchanted by the work of Ryan Graham. He is a major talent and always a real pleasure to work with, be sure to view more of his amazing photography.


          • Pink Meringue Cupcakes with Raspberry Curd

            Posted on August 8, 2012 by Iza de Lange

            This recipe for Pink Meringue Cupcakes with Raspberry Curd is just plain irresistable. The crisp meringue, the gooey raspberry curd, the soft sponge... what a treat!

            Ingredients

            Vegetable oil cooking spray, for baking cups
            6 large egg whites, room temperature
            1 teaspoon white vinegar
            1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
            1/2 teaspoon salt
            2 cups sugar
            Gel-paste food coloring in Tulip Red
            2 cups creme fraiche
            1 container (6 ounces) raspberries, halved if large
            Raspberry Curd

            Directions

            Preheat oven to 225 degrees. Line every other cup of 2 nonstick 12-cup muffin tins with baking cups; coat with cooking spray.

            Whisk egg whites, vinegar, vanilla, and salt with a mixer on medium-high speed until frothy.

            Add 1 3/4 cups sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating for 1 minute after each addition, making sure the sugar dissolves. Beat until stiff, glossy peaks form. Mix in 6 drops food coloring.

            Transfer mixture to a pastry bag fitted with a plain coupler (no tip), and pipe into prepared baking cups, about 2 inches above rims, finishing with a peak in the centers.

            Bake, rotating halfway through, 3 to 3 hours and 20 minutes. (Cupcakes should be completely dry on the outside but still soft in the middle. A toothpick inserted horizontally at base of top should have moist but cooked crumbs attached.)

            Transfer cupcakes in baking cups to wire racks; let cool completely.

            Beat creme fraiche and remaining cup sugar in a clean mixer bowl on medium-high speed until soft peaks form. Carefully slice off tops of cupcakes using a serrated knife. (Run the knife just above the liner and slowly work your way to the center.)

            Top each cupcake with 2 tablespoons raspberry curd, a few raspberries, and 2 tablespoons creme fraiche mixture. Replace tops, and serve immediately.

              By Iza de Lange, Marketing Manager and Event Coordinator


            1. A passion for purple

              Posted on August 8, 2012 by Varety Da Silva

              Purple is a colour for all seasons. It's a gorgeous shade to include in your decor or wardrobe, whether you prefer deep, majestic hues or softer, more feminine lilacs. In history, purple has been associated with nobility, wealth and power, while in feng shui it is believed to make your home feel more powerful and secure. What's not to love about this intriguing colour?

              By Varety Da Silva, Venue Coordinator & Operations Manager.


            2. Happy Women's Month

              Posted on August 7, 2012 by Iza de Lange

              We would like to wish all women a very happy Women's Month. We know that it's National Women's Day this week, but we believe in recognising the achievements and unique spirit of all women for the whole month of August.

              In keeping with celebrating all that is female and fabulous, we're really looking forward to the ELLE Loves Being A Woman event on 18 August at Val de Vie Estate, which includes a fashion show, pop-up stores, a three-course lunch and talks on the latest fashion, beauty and décor trends. Read more about the event on the Elle Website.

              Our BlackBerry Pink Polo in aid of Breast Cancer continues to celebrate women in October, promising to be a day of exciting polo action and high fashion.

              Here's to all women all over the world!

              By Iza de Lange, Marketing Manager and Event Coordinator


            3. The talented Pierre F. Lombard

              Posted on August 6, 2012 by Admin

              We admire the beautiful photography of Pierre F. Lombard. A talented film director and photographer, he has a real eye for detail. As he puts it, "as with my filmmaking I try to capture a specific ‘atmosphere’, moments that represent the event as a whole."

              These photos are from a recent wedding that he photographed in Montagu. Please click here to read more about it, or visit Pierre's creative blog to find out what he's been up to.
























            4. The summer side braid

              Posted on August 6, 2012 by Admin

              According to ELLE's acting beauty editor, Suzy Josephson, one of the hottest hairstyles this summer is the unstructured, messy side braid. It's a relaxed look that works well for lazy summer days, or even for a night out if you add an elegant accessory. Find out how to get this style on ELLE's website.

              ELLE is always ahead with the latest trends, which is why we can't wait for the ELLE Loves Being A Woman event on 18 August, which will be held at Val de Vie Estate. The day is not to be missed, with features such as a salon show with the trends for summer 2012/13 from Mango, Forever New, Nine West, Christopher Strong, Klûk CGDT, TWO and others, a goodie bag including a skincare product and fragrance from Elizabeth Arden worth R1 000, pop-up stores including a make-up touch-up area and a nail bar, a three-course lunch and talks on the latest fashion and décor trends, advancements in anti-ageing treatments and insights into what makes a man tick, or not (as only ELLE man Oliver Roberts can).

              Read more about the event on the Elle Website.


            5. Carrol Boyes' collectable porcelain

              Posted on August 6, 2012 by Admin

              Carrol Boyes is one of the sponsors of our upcoming BlackBerry Pink Polo event in October, and we love the beauty and creativity behind her work. Carrol creates all her sculptures from drawings that she has accumulated in her archive of sketchbooks.  For many years these drawings have been her personal works of reference attesting to her passion for the human body.

              On a recent inspirational trip to Paris her step daughters Kim and Martine prevailed upon her to make these remarkable sketches public.  So it was there at a small cafe that the idea to translate these personal images into a series of functional pieces was born. Endless hours were spent going through the books, some dating back 30 years.

              Images straight from Carrol’s sketchbooks decorate a clean white backdrop of collectable porcelain.  Use them for fine dining or display as bespoke, newly revealed works of art.

              www.carrolboyes.com


            6. Flower power

              Posted on August 6, 2012 by Elsje Oosthuizen

              Floral are big news this season, adding a beautiful burst of soft colours. Embrace this trend by wearing pretty floral prints, or accessoring with a corsage or fresh flowers. With Spring just around the corner, we couldn't think of a more appropriate style.

              By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Finance Manager, Event & Wedding Coordinator


            7. Timeless Allure

              Posted on August 1, 2012 by Admin


              AnnaH. brings us more stylish inspiration this week. Diamonds are forever, black and white will never go out of style, while sequins add a statement stamp to any look. Dressing up for a fancy corporate event can be done in a glamorous, yet sophisticated fashion when you combine toned-down classically tailored cuts, with sparkly details in metallic colours. For the evening, AnnaH. suggests a black, white and gold colour combo with intricate detail and rich textures.

              Remember: “If you select an outfit that you feel good wearing, then that’s what people will notice” – Donatella Versace

              Photographed by Thomas Whiteside for Tatler Russia


            8. Christine and Bobby's wedding video

              Posted on July 30, 2012 by Admin

              FJS Productions have done it again with Christine and Bobby's beautiful wedding video. Their chic wedding was held at Val de Vie and it was a joyful celebration that we were proud to coordinate.


              View more spectacular Full Coordination weddings
              on our website.


            9. A fabulous pre-wedding photoshoot

              Posted on July 30, 2012 by Admin



              With its lush polo fields and dazzling views of the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley, Val de Vie is an exquisite venue for photoshoots. These photos by ZaraZoo were taken of couple Avani and Vir as part of their pre-wedding photoshoot. The couple travelled all the way to Cape Town for the shoot and we are in awe of these gorgeous shots. To view more photos, please visit our Facebook page.


            10. Dazzling, delectable and downright dreamy cakes

              Posted on July 30, 2012 by Admin

              Metallic Cakes

              Be bold with a metallic cake. From shimmering silvers to glowing golds, it's sure to make an eye-catching statement! Resist the urge to go all out bling - elegance is key with this look. See your cake as an extension of your decor scheme, so that it doesn't come across as overpowering.

              Lace Cakes

              Delicate, romantic and so pretty. These lacy cakes draw inspiration from vintage crochet, doilies and flowert cut-outs. Keep the overall pure and simple with creame and whites, or add some drama with black lace icing contrasted against lighter colours.

              Hand Painted Cakes
              Cakes get the artist's touch with the latest trend for hand painted cakes. Each creation is literally an edible masterpiece, showing off any design that you could image. We love floral and botanical inspired designs, but the only limit is what you can imagine!

              Images courtesy of onefabday.com


            11. Inspirational dining

              Posted on July 30, 2012 by Iza de Lange

              I love going out to restaurants. I'm not someone who likes to judge, but I take in every piece of detail as soon as I step through the door. One thing I have learned at Val de Vie is that exceptional seven star service is extremely important. We aim to deliver this level of service at any event, big or small, formal or not.

              I'm not one of those people who gets upset when I receive service that's not up to our standards. But I am one of those people who will leave a happy customer if I've been entertained while eating, by being amazed by creative decor and leaving inspired and motivated to live a creative life.

              Let's take this restaurant as an example. Sketch is based in London and designed by Martin Creed. Every single item in the restaurant is unique; not one wine glass, piece of cutlery, chair or table is the same as the next. Some people may think this is simply crazy, but this type of restaurant will make me want to go back every day!

              By Iza de Lange, Marketing Manager and Event Coordinator


            12. Spring 2012 trend forecast

              Posted on July 30, 2012 by Simone de Wet

              The trend forecast for Spring 2012 presents a real medley of styles. Retro styling draws on mid-twentieth century styling and Art Deco, as well as tribal and ethnic designs. High waisted skirts, tailored shorts and multi-tone prints are also big news, as well as bright and bold shades of yellow. Mesh and perforation are the textures to look out for, while statement collars are shaking up tailoring. We can't wait to update our wardrobes and to see how weddings interpret these trends. Find out more on Fashioning.com.

              Image courtesy of Fashionising.com

              By Simone de Wet, MD of Val de Vie Events


            13. MAC's Spring/Summer 2012 Makeup Trends

              Posted on July 30, 2012 by Simone de Wet

              Don't let the dreary winter blues get you down! MAC's Spring/Summer 2012 Makeup Trends are just the thing to add some colour to your life. MAC have put together four unique looks: Ath-Elite, Nouv-Eau, Ore-Inspired and Neo-N.

              As chicprofile.com puts it:

              "After last season’s toughness and adrogyny, SS2012 heralds the revival of an altogether more feminine and sensual approach to makeup – Skin that radiates a sportive, ultra-luminous freshness and healthy tunes into the season’s chic, athletic vibe ATH-ELITE.

              Beautiful buffed, burnished metallics accenting lips, cheeks and eyes make for the most modern way to reference the idea of a summer tan ORE-ISPIRED.

              Languorous colour washes pick up on the soft side of the season, as tints that run from delicate peach through to blurred espresso form the most relevant way to wear subtle colour and definition NOUV-EAU.

              Dynamic, urban, neoprene shades get a contemporary rethink, as pure-pigment eyes and lips go effortlessly edgy thanks to a new ease and lack of aggression to their application NEO-N.

              It’s all sophisticated yet real, contemporary but not forced and ultimately about pure, unadulterated gorgeousness…"

              We won't even wait for summer to try out these styles - go an add some colour to your style today!

              By Simone de Wet, MD of Val de Vie Events


            14. Val de Vie is SA Wedding Venue's top venue of the month!

              Posted on July 30, 2012 by Admin

              We're so proud that Val de Vie is SA Wedding Venue's venue of the month! Check out their lovely review of the estate, which showcases the many different options that Val de Vie present for bridal couples.


            15. A new take on Coffee and Muffins

              Posted on July 27, 2012 by Nadia Valentyn

              Get baking this weekend with some healthy low GI Rooibos and Apricot Muffins. They're delicious with a steaming hot Mocha Cappuccino!

              Healthy Living (Low GI) Rooibos and Apricot Muffins
              Makes 8 muffins
              Ingredients
              150 ml Rooibos Tea
              100 ml Dried Apricots, chopped
              200 ml Cake Flour
              125 ml (85 g) Huletts SUGAlite
              2.5 ml ( ½ tsp) Salt
              10 ml (2 tsp) Baking Powder
              200 ml Oat Bran
              30 ml (2 tbsp) Diabetic Apricot Jam (see recipe)
              30 g (2 tbsp) Low Fat Margarine
              1 Extra Large Egg

              Method
              1. Soak the apricots in the warm Rooibos tea for 15 minutes.
              2. Sift the cake flour, Huletts SUGAlite, salt and baking powder together. Add the oat bran.
              3. Melt the jam and margarine together, cool and mix in the egg. Add this to the Rooibos and apricots.
              4. Add the margarine and apricot mixture to the dry ingredients. Mix the batter lightly.
              5. Fill the hollows of a greased muffin tin two thirds of the way.
              6. Bake in a preheated oven at 200°C for 20 minutes.
              7. Cool the muffins in the tin slightly before turning out.

              Mocha Cappuccino
              Ingredients
              Huletts Chocolate Syrup
              Steamed milk
              Espresso

              Method
              1. Mix Huletts Chocolate Syrup, to taste, with a 1/3 part espresso and top with 2/3 part steamed milk. Dust with cocoa for extra chocolaty taste (optional).

              By Nadia Valentyn, Venue Manager & Wedding Planner


            16. KLuK CGDT: Bed Time Stories with Hastens

              Posted on July 27, 2012 by Iza de Lange

              “Once upon a time was truly the starting point of the collection. We loved the stories our parents read to us as children, creating fantasy worlds to dream about and legends to live up to. It is these inspiring fables that fuel our creativity still and the magic we like to bring to our brand.”

              And what a fantasy world it was! The Val de Vie Events team was honored to attend the KLuK CGDT fashion show of the Cape Town Fashion Week last night. We were all dressed up and welcomed on a red carpet with bubbly and canapés. We were completely dazzled by the venue, the Cape Town City Hall, which was built in 1905 and reflects the Edwardian architecture of the time. Our attention soon turned to the extremely stylish outfits of the other guests who started to arrive.

              While we were sipping on our champagne, we made our way into the Concert Hall, where the show took place. The moment we walked in I was instantly blown away. As events planners we see beautiful weddings, creative events, the best décor, flowers and food every week, but this was really breathtaking. In the center of the room was a platform styled with flowers (orchids and roses in shades of pink and purple with green details around them), loads of bite-sized desserts (from macaroons and cake pops to mini cupcakes), and pink and purple candles in crystal candelabras styled in between. It looked like a real fairy garden! To top it off, seven ballerinas were sitting elegantly amongst the desserts and flowers, which added to the whimsical feel of the room.

              We were seated on golden tiffany chairs and enjoyed more delicious canapés (for some reason the waiters enjoyed coming past us!). A live orchestra played favourites from classic Disney movies, such as “I know you” from Sleeping Beauty and “When you wish upon a star” from Pinocchio. The music faded, the lights dimmed and D-Seven started performing. There were several speeches, including one from Patricia de Lille who welcomed the guests to Cape Town and announced that Cape Town will be hosting the South African Fashion Week for another three years.

              After the speeches it was time for the fashion. The ballerinas danced off the platform where they were sitting, making way for the models to walk on stage.

              The whole production was exceptionally well planned and played off like a real fairytale. The first part was very bright and colourful with cheerful music. Colours such as blue, green, turquoise, pink and purples were very popular, as well as lace and floral prints. In the next part the music took on an “evil” and dark tone, and we saw beautiful black outfits which represented an evil queen. The show ended off “happily ever after” with the showcase of bridal gowns, complete with a romantic ballet performance to get it started. As the “brides” stood on the stage, a shower of silver confetti fell from the roof and Malcolm and Christiaan joined them.

              It was an absolutely amazing evening; we were entertained from the beginning right to the end. Thank you so much to Christiaan and Malcolm for the invitation. You are extremely talented and it was an absolute blast. Whenever you need a venue, you know who to call!

              Write-up and Photos by Iza de Lange









            17. The Val de Vie Fun Run 2012

              Posted on July 26, 2012 by Admin

              It's soon going to be time for our popular Fun Run! This year's run will be on 6 October 2012 and there are 5km and 9.5km races to choose from. Prams welcome on our 5km route and tickets will shortly be on sale on out website.

              Tickets cost R80 and includes a runner’s snack, goody bag, medal and lucky draw ticket. There will also be a Polo Match and a Runner’s Menu will be open until 12h00 at the Polo Club Restaurant.

              Please click here to download the full details.

              - Click here to enter the 5km Run
              - Click here to enter the 9.5km Run


            18. Moi Styling features Gideon and Ammie's Wedding

              Posted on July 26, 2012 by Admin


              We love Moi Styling's write-up on Ammie and Gideon's wedding. This beautiful occasion was coordinated by Val de Vie Destination Weddings, and was held on a farm on the West Coast. Be sure to visit the Moi Styling Blog to read the full write-up!

              Photography by Joe


            19. SA Polo Team excels at the Coronation Cup

              Posted on July 25, 2012 by Admin

              We are so proud of the outstanding performance of the SA Polo Team at the Coronation Cup at Windsor Great Park on 22 July! The team played against England and as the youngest international team, they truly excelled on the day.

              Under the captaincy of 23-year-old Nachi du Plessis, the Equus & Co sponsored South Africans (rec 1) also included Chris Mackenzie, Jean du Plessis and Tom de Bruin- four players under the age of 25 – not only making them the youngest international team ever to have taken to Smith’s Lawn on International Day, but also an indication of the young polo talent that South Africa, as a country, is producing. After the match, David Woodd, Chief Executive of the Hurlingham Polo Association was quick to praise the South Africa team saying: “It was a great privilege for England to play a young go-getting South African team.”

              If you missed the game, you can check it out on Hurlingham Media.


            20. Life is peachy

              Posted on July 24, 2012 by Elsje Oosthuizen

              Add some warmth to your life with soft shades of peach and pale coral. Reminiscent of sunsets, summer fruits and spring flowers, these gentle colours almost seem to glow and provide a sense of warmth, even on a cloudy day. To enhance peach, pair it with complimentary tones of blue.

              By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Finance Manager, Event & Wedding Coordinator


            21. Carrol Boyes: A proud sponsor of BlackBerry Pink Polo 2012

              Posted on July 23, 2012 by Admin

              We're thrilled that Carrol Boyes will be one of the sponsors of the upcoming BlackBerry Pink Polo 2012 event on 27 October. We adore their stylish creations, especially their quirky Wound Up collection. In the next few weeks we'll be showcasing more beautiful items created by Carrol Boyes, watch this space!


            22. Behind the scenes of the Wedding Album photo shoot

              Posted on July 23, 2012 by Iza de Lange


              The photo shoot for Val de Vie’s third spread in the Wedding Album magazine was such an exciting day for the Val de Vie Events team. As the ultimate source for all the latest bridal trends and innovations, the Wedding Album is a must-read for any bride. There was no doubt that that our advertisement had to capture the glamour, style and luxury of Val de Vie!

              The day began when the models arrived (including our very own Janette Griesel) for their hair and makeup to be perfected. At the same time photographer Jean-Pierre Uys and his two assistants were scouting out every corner of the Pavilion, not far behind Alwijn, the design genius who envisioned the entire shoot.

              While they were busy planning, we moved our office to the Ballroom and worked in the middle of the action for the rest of the day. We didn’t want to miss out on a thing! We were surrounded by gorgeous Kobus Dippenaar wedding gowns, large white screens, high tech camera gear, Alwijn and his styling props of flowers, pearls and more, as well as Helga, who had tables laden with makeup and hair products.

              As with any event, there were a few hiccups. One was that there were no shoes for the male model who was dressed as the groom. The events team was phoning around, bribing the IT guy and getting ready to jump in the car to race to the mall, until we finally found someone willing to lend us his black evening shoes. Even though the shoes were a size 12 and the model needed a size 8, we finally had black shoes for the shoot!

              We gained a new level of respect for brides; wedding gowns are definitely not the lightest outfits to wear. What we admire even more is how bridesmaids are able to assist the bride in getting dressed without messing up their own hair or make up. Now that’s difficult!

              Late that night we looked at the amazing shots that were taken by the team. We chose the prefect photo and sent it off to the graphic designer, right on time for the deadline the next day.

              With Val de Vie as the ultimate venue for any photo shoot, it was such a fun and successful day. Keep an eye on the Val de Vie blog to see what other magazines we’re going to be featured in.

              Photography: Jean-Pierre Uys
              Make-up and Hair: Helga Bridal
              Design: Alwijn from Coord
              Menswear: Hilton Weiner
              Wedding dresses: Kobus Dippenaar

              The Val de Vie Events Team

              By Iza de Lange, Marketing Manager and Event Coordinator


            23. The Winter Wardrobe by annaH.

              Posted on July 23, 2012 by Admin

              Find your fashion inspiration with annaH, one of our favourite wedding stylists and consultants. Winter fashion puts on a strong, brave face with heaps of confident attitude to confront the high paced rhythms of city life. It’s survival of the fittest... so you need to dress the part. Draw inspiration from graphic prints combined with colourful pantones in rich textures for an energizing and dynamic look.

              Photography by Simon Upton
              Styling by Rachel Wayman for Madison
              From Dusty Jacket


            24. Keep cosy with Hot Tea Punch

              Posted on July 20, 2012 by Nadia Valentyn

              With all the wintery weather that we've been experiencing, there's nothing better than warming up with a delicious hot drink. This hot tea punch has a lovely spicy flavour that's a yummy alternative to hot chocolate or coffee.

              Ingredients
              500ml water
              ½ stick cinnamon
              2 whole cloves
              2 tea bags - use any tea of choice
              2-3 sachets HULETTS EQUISWEET
              125ml fresh orange juice
              30ml fresh lemon juice

              Method
              1. Bring the first 3 ingredients to the boil in a large saucepan.
              2. Boil for 5 minutes.
              3. Remove from heat. Add tea bags. Cover and let steep for 10 minutes. Discard tea bags, stir in HULETTS EQUISWEET.
              4. Add the orange and lemon juice.
              5. Using a slotted spoon, remove whole spices.
              6. Serve hot.

              By Nadia Valentyn, Venue Manager & Wedding Planner


            25. THE ROOM at the Polo Club Restaurant

              Posted on July 18, 2012 by Admin


              THE ROOM will be playing Live Acoustic Blues at the Polo Club Restaurant tonight at 19:00! There is no entry fee, be sure to join us for an enjoyable evening of good music.


            26. Be bright and bold with Essie

              Posted on July 17, 2012 by Admin

              We love Essie's summer collection. Featuring shades such as perky pink and soft blue, these vibrant colours will create an immediate sense of summer to your look. They'll also add the perfect dash of colour if you're attending our upcoming Pink Polo event on 27 October. Be sure to watch this space for more details!

              By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Finance Manager, Event & Wedding Coordinator


            27. KLuK CGDT at the Cape Town Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

              Posted on July 17, 2012 by Admin

              The Val de Vie Events team will be going to the annual Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Cape Town on 25 July, and we know that the highlight will definitely be KLuK CGDT. We adore this fashion house's beautiful creations and their show promises to be a total sensory experience. With the theme of "Bedtime Stories", their collection will include influences from all the favorite bedtime stories that we know: Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretl, Sleeping Beauty, Alice in Wonderland and more.

              The collection's colours will be bright, with bold shades such as teal, turquoise, fuchsia and cobalt. Lace, check and floral brocade will form the textures, while silhouettes will be drawn from the early twentieth century.

              The Cape Town City Hall's Concert Hall will be the magnificent venue, and an integral part of the show's ambience. We just can't wait!


            28. A sensational Spanish evening at Val de Vie

              Posted on July 13, 2012 by Admin

              Val de Vie recently hosted a sensational Spanish evening at the Polo Club Restaurant which included a live performance by Kubu Strings. It was a lively and hugely enjoyable occasion, complete with tapas, fine wine, Spanish guitar and flambéed crêpes.

              We're looking forward to our next event on Wednesday 18 July, in which The Room will be playing at the Polo Club Restaurant. Watch this space for details!


            29. The scent of pink

              Posted on July 10, 2012 by Elsje Oosthuizen

              Whether you like fruity, floral or spicy fragrances, there are so many gorgeous scents that can capture your own personal style. Harper's Bazaar have put together a brilliant Summer perfume guide that highlights some of the top fragrances for 2012, and we think that they would be perfect for our upcoming Pink Polo event on 27 October. It's the perfect chance to glam up and spoil yourself with something special!

              By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Finance Manager, Event & Wedding Coordinator


            30. Family fun with Lollos at Val de Vie Estate

              Posted on July 10, 2012 by Admin

              We were delighted to host another fun-filled Lollos event at Val de Vie Estate today! The Ballroom was full of excited kids who couldn't wait to dance and jump along with Lollos. The show was 45 minutes long and every moment was full of smiles, singing and laughter.

              To keep little tummies full, the Polo Club Restaurant had a delicious and very popular menu just for the kids to enjoy. To top it off, children also received packs with treats such as sweets, chips, cool drink, yoghurt and more. Lollos will definitely be back at Val de Vie soon!


            31. Get your pink on!

              Posted on July 10, 2012 by Varety Da Silva

              The highly anticipated Pink Polo Event is taking place on 27 October 2012 at Val de Vie Estate and it promises to be a fabulous day of polo, fashion and goodwill. Held in aid of breast cancer, the event celebrates everything that is pink and pretty. Playful, feminine and always charming, we love this gorgeous colour. Be bold in a cerise dress, or  subtle in soft rose. To shy to go all out pink? Find some cute accessories or a stunning shade of lipstick.

              By Varety Da Silva, Venue Coordinator & Operations Manager


            32. Dine out with David Bullard at Val de Vie

              Posted on July 10, 2012 by Admin

              David Bullard, the controversial columnist, motoring journalist, outspoken critic of the media and dinner speaker, is coming to Val de Vie on 26 July 2012. Known for his controversial satire, Bullard is the author of three books, including Out to Lunch, Out to Lunch Again, and Screw it, Let's Do Lunch! It's sure to be a very entertaining and interesting evening, so be sure to book your table.

              Time: 18:30 for 19:00
              Price: R350
              Includes a two course dinner with wine.

              RSVP: janette.griesel@valdevie.co.za


            33. The Pretty Ponytail

              Posted on July 10, 2012 by Simone de Wet

              Our Pink Polo event is coming up on the 27 October 2012 and we're already planning our outfits for this glamorous event! There's no doubt what hairstyle we've all got our eye on: it's the humble ponytail. Throughout the years this simple style has been adapted in numerous ways to become a slick option for formal events. Check out a gallery of ponytail inspiration at Harper's Bazaar.

              By Simone de Wet, MD of Val de Vie Events


            34. The Pretty Inspired Wedding Session comes to Val de Vie

              Posted on July 10, 2012 by Admin



              Val de Vie recently hosted The Pretty Blog's first Pretty Inspired Wedding Session. It was so lovely to have the talented Pretty Blog team with us for the workshop, which was a great success and left many brides-to-be feeling inspired and energised for their big day. The event was held in the Founder's Lounge, the perfect venue for intimate events. Visit the Pretty Blog for more photos and details about the day.

              By Iza de Lange, Marketing Manager and Event Coordinator



            35. Val de Vie Wines at the Franschhoek Bastille Day Festival

              Posted on July 9, 2012 by Admin

              The Franschhoek Wine Valley, South Africa’s leading wine and food destination, will once again be hosting the annual Bastille Festival over the weekend of the 14th and 15th July, where locals and visitors will be celebrating the Valley’s centuries-old French Huguenot heritage.

              Expect a feast of delectable food, the finest wines and a host of other attractions, including craft stalls, children's activities, live music and the famous Barrel Rolling and Boules Competition.

              BOOKINGS: Tickets can be purchased through www.webtickets.co.za, but hurry as tickets are limited. Once the marquee is full no further patrons will be admitted.


            36. Dine with David Bullard

              Posted on July 9, 2012 by Admin

              David Bullard, the controversial columnist, motoring journalist, outspoken critic of the media and dinner speaker, is coming to Val de Vie on 26 July 2012. It's sure to be a very entertaining and interesting evening, so be sure to book your table.

              Time: 18:30 for 19:00
              Price: R350
              Includes a two course dinner with wine.

              RSVP: janette.griesel@valdevie.co.za


            37. The beauty of black and white

              Posted on July 9, 2012 by Admin

              For a look that's guaranteed to ooze elegance and style, Val de Vie Full Coordination Weddings & Corporate always loves a classy black and white decor scheme. Splashes of silver can add some glamour, or even soft shades of grey.

              Moodboard designed by Secret Diary.


            38. A West Coast Gem: Die Huis op die Duin

              Posted on July 6, 2012 by Simone de Wet

              We adore Die Huis op die Duin, a lovely little West Coast venue that's a true gem. Val de Vie Full Coordination can plan any event or wedding at the house as part of our full coordination option. It's an exqusite setting and we are thrilled to present it to you.

              Owned by fashion editor and foodie Isabella Niehaus, the house is a striking cement structure with an amazing deck that opens up onto the dunes. It feels like a real home, which is what makes it so charming. The decor style is beautifully is eclectic and creative. Paintings, books and retro furniture fill the interior, while the views onto the beach are truly breathtaking.

              Host Isabella treats her guests to the most mouthwatering dishes, such as a West Coast tapas board, oysters, mussels, vetkoek. fresh fish in phyllo, salads and the most amazing cheesecake. Apart from this seafood feast, any type menu can be requested. Tables are decked with Wonkiware, a pretty mix of glasses and vintage cutlery, or they can be styled to suit your own theme.

              A church is being built on the beach, making this an even more incredible venue for a wedding.

              24 Casosweg, Calypso Beach
              Langebaan
              Tel: 083 265 2147
              bellnie@iafrica.com

              By Simone de Wet, MD of Val de Vie Events


            39. Val de Vie Venues

              Posted on July 6, 2012 by Admin

              Magnificent weddings. Chic polo tournaments. Unforgettable product launches. These are all just some of the events that have been hosted at Val de Vie, one of the most sought-after venues in South Africa. The estate conveniently offers several different areas that are suited to different types of events. Along with the expert advice of our Events Team, it's so easy to find the perfect setting in which to celebrate your occasion.

              The Ballroom

              The Ballroom is a prestigious venue for almost any event, from luxury weddings and parties to conferences. The ballroom can seat up to 300 people and includes an imported bamboo laminated dance floor, gleaming marble tiles and three huge silver chandeliers. Equipped with some of the finest facilities in the land, this is an unparalleled setting.

              The Founder’s Lounge

              Entertain in style at the Founder’s Lounge, an intimate venue that’s perfect for conferences, personal birthday parties or small workshops.

              The Manor House

              With its beautiful gardens, the elegant Manor house is ideal for outdoor functions (weather dependent).

              The Polo Club Restaurant

              For a relaxed but elegant event, tables can be reserved at The Polo Club Restaurant.


            40. Sail into style

              Posted on July 6, 2012 by Admin

              Yesterday Val de Vie Full Coordination Weddings & Corporate featured a marine-inspired moodboard that celebrates the colours of the ocean. This nautical-themed moodboard offers a different take on seaside style, drawing on bright and cheerful naval themes. Think of red, white and blue and classic stripes. It's an elegant but fun theme that has plenty of options for quirky details - incorporate ropes, colourful buoys or anchors.

              Moodboard designed by Secret Diary.


            41. Celebrate being a woman with ELLE

              Posted on July 5, 2012 by Admin

              Join ELLE editor Jackie Burger on 18 August 2012 for a spirited and elegant event in the month dedicated to women: ELLE Loves Being A Woman. This luxurious event is an all-day affair that will be held at Val de Vie Estate. It is the perfect opportunity to spoil a mom or daughter, or to share with sisters and friends.

              What Can You Expect?
              A salon fashion show featuring the trends for summer 2012/13 from Mango, Forever New, Nine West, Christopher Strong, Klûk CGDT, TWO and others
              A goodie bag worth R1 000
              Pop-up stores including a make-up touch-up area and a nail bar
              A three-course lunch, to end a perfect celebration

              Book Now
              Tickets cost R450 pp
              Go to elle.co.za and follow instructions to reserve your seat and make an electronic payment.
              NB: Bookings close on 8 August. Registration starts at 10am and the event will conclude at 4pm on both days.

              Download the full details


            42. Val de Vie Events: The Ultimate in Coordination Excellence

              Posted on July 5, 2012 by Admin

              Whether it's joy of a wedding day, the fun and frivolity of a cocktail party or the glamour of a corporate ball, the Val de Vie Events team is simply smitten with creating the most exquisite events. We can coordinate events both at the estate or at the venue of your choice, making it so easy to turn any occasion into a stunning experience.

              There are a host of packages to choose from:

              On-the-day Coordination

              Our On-the-day Coordination Service allows you to relax and enjoy your event on the day itself. We will manage the course of your event according to a strict programme, ensuring that it’s a flawless experience.

              Full Coordination

              Our comprehensive Full Coordination Service offers the ultimate in planning luxury. With your unique preferences and needs taken into account, our team will manage every element of your event and ensure that it runs smoothly from beginning to end.

              Private Room

              With Private Room we can coordinate an event in your home or chosen venue, offering you the convenience of a boutique event experience.

              Off-site Events

              Whether you’re dreaming of a beach wedding or a smart corporate retreat, we can bring the expertise of Val de Vie to your event. Our team can coordinate off-site events at the venue of your choice, from destination weddings and parties to so much more.

              Find out more on our website.


            43. Marine magic

              Posted on July 5, 2012 by Admin

              Ahoy! The team at Val de Vie Full Coordination Weddings & Corporate can't help but be enchanted by this marine theme. Aqua, grey and azure create a cool colour scheme that is reminiscent of the big blue sea. This look would be gorgeous for a summer beach wedding, or at a leisurely lunch overlooking the ocean.

              Moodboard designed by Secret Diary.


            44. Olga and Hanjo's spectacular wedding

              Posted on July 4, 2012 by Admin

              Val de Vie Full Coordination was thrilled to host the winter wedding of Olga and Hanjo this past weekend. What a day, what an occasion and what a wonderful couple!

              We were honoured to be part of the celebration as production started 9 days before the wedding day. 590 guests filled a spectacular glass marquee tent that was erected on our lush polo fields. The tent was a vast structure, using no less than 5596 screws and 6520 carpet tiles. 29 sparkling chandeliers and 270 bulbs illuminated the space, while we created a real sense of romance with 10 500 roses that came 5 563km all the way from Kenya.

              The stationery team had their hands full for this wedding. It took four women 135 hours and 1300 sheets of paper to create everything, all by hand. In addition, an amazing 4.4kg sequence of confetti was required to sparkle the couple as they departed from the Toring Church in Paarl.  To top it off, the dedicated team consisted of 7 coordinators and 6 floor Managers ensuring all details were perfected, 22 chefs with a team of 60 waiters tending to all our guests needs.

              After the success of the day, we are so grateful to have had the opportunity to be involved with this special wedding. This bride was wonderfully spoiled on her wedding day and celebrated being a year older on the 2nd of July.

              Val de Vie Coordination would like to thank each service professional for their dedication throughout the production of this spectacular wedding: FJS for taking breathtaking shots, Christine Meintjies and her team Catherine Mac, Yolande Marx and Iaan Van Niekerk capturing every detail, Kanya Hunt for the stunning Chanel cake creation, Nicola of La fête for the treasured tea party, Jaype and Fabienne for glamming up our gorgeous bride, Chattels for the beautiful glass structure, Gearhouse for illuminating the entire evening, Secret Diary for the beautiful stationary and sugar station, Nico Laubscher from NConcepts and Designs that brought touches of opulence, Something Different for the lighting that sparkled, Blend Event Life for impeccable service, Absolute Waitrons for their ongoing dedication, Pastry chef Andrew from Val de Vie Estate and Dewald Hurter and his team, and Rob for our quirky and interactive photo booth. Last but not least, thank you to our performing artists who made the evening unforgettable, DJ Conrad, Christo, Cobus and Nic Stevens, Shout Music Company and Romanz.

              It was truly a great pleasure to have you all by our side.

              Blessings and love to our precious couple, Olga and Hanjo.

              Photography by Christine Meintjes


            45. Cool, crisp and chic

              Posted on July 4, 2012 by Admin

              Val de Vie Full Coordination Weddings & Corporate loves this uber cool look for a smart dinner celebration. Icy white and sparkling silver form an elegant backdrop for this style. Add texture with lace, sequins and crystal. You'll have a real winter wonderland to enchant you and your guests alike.

              Moodboard designed by Secret Diary.


            46. Keep calm with colour

              Posted on July 3, 2012 by Varety Da Silva

              Are you feeling as cool as blue, or rather as enraged as red? Staying calm is surely one of the most difficult things to do before and on your wedding day. From the coordinators and the bridesmaids to the bridal couple and family members, everyone feels the pre-wedding stress.

              Every bride knows that colours play a massive role on your big day. They are an integral part of the wedding decor and a reflection of your own personality. However, the right colours can also change your mood leading up to the day. Certain shades can have a calming effect, soothing you as during the busy planning process. Soft pinks, delicate blues and greys or a gentle turquoise can set the right frame mind for you. Wear your favourite relaxing colors before your wedding and on your wedding day to be both calm and collected.

              By Varety Da Silva, Venue Coordinator & Operations Manager


            47. Beer & Pretzel Cupcakes

              Posted on July 3, 2012 by Elsje Oosthuizen

              Here's a really decadent snack that's perfect for the nexy rugby game!

              Preparation: Makes 12 cupcakes | Preparation: Position a rack in the lower third of the oven. Heat the oven to 350 degrees.

              Ingredients:

              Cupcake
              1 cup (4.5 ounces) all purpose flour
              1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (7.3 ounces) sugar
              1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons (1.5 ounces) SCHARFFEN BERGER Unsweetened Natural Cocoa Powder
              1/2 teaspoon baking soda
              1/4 teaspoon salt
              1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and warm
              2 large eggs
              1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
              1/2 cup Guinness Stout

              Ganache Frosting
              3/4 cup heavy cream
              4 tablespoons butter
              1/4 teaspoon vegetable oil
              14 oz. chocolate, chopped

              Pretzel Topping
              12 pretzel sticks
              2 oz chocolate, melted
              2 oz caramel, warmed

              Instructions:
              1. Add flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda, and salt in a bowl and mix thoroughly to combine. Add in the butter, eggs, and vanilla and beat on medium speed for one minute. Add 1/4 cup of the beer into the mixture and beat for 20 seconds. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add remaining beer. Beat for 20-30 seconds until the batter is smooth. The batter will be thin enough to pour. Divide it evenly among the lined cups. Bake 18-22 minutes just until a toothpick inserted into a few of the cupcakes comes out clean. Set the pan on a rack to cool. Frost the cupcakes when they are completely cool.

              TIP: For light tender cupcakes, spoon flour and cocoa lightly into measuring cups (instead of dipping the cups into the flour or cocoa) and then sweep the measures level without tapping or shaking them.

              To make ganache frosting
              1. Bring heavy cream, butter and vegetable oil to a light boil. Pour hot heavy cream mixture over chocolate. Using a spatula gently fold chocolate through heavy cream until well combined. Set aside to cool for at least an two hours or until frosting consistency is acheived. Frosting will thicken as sits.

              Assembly:
              1. Pipe frosting on top of cooled cupcake. Cut pretzels into shards and place on top of cupcakes. Drizzle chocoalate and caramel on top.

              By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Finance Manager, Event & Wedding Coordinator


            48. The glamour of Chanel

              Posted on July 3, 2012 by Admin

              Elegance and impeccable style. That's the spirit of this moodboard by Val de Vie Full Coordination Weddings & Corporate, which celebrates the chic glamour of Coco Chanel.

              Moodboard designed by Secret Diary.


            49. Colourful whimsy

              Posted on July 2, 2012 by Admin

              For instant fun and brightness, add a zing of colour to your wedding with bold shades of pink, lime and turquoise. Val de Vie Full Coordination Weddings & Corporate created this vibrant look that has a wonderful sense of playfulness.

              Moodboard by Secret Diary.


            50. Val de Vie: The ultimate location for a photoshoot

              Posted on July 2, 2012 by Admin


            51. Be inspired by Hein Wagner

              Posted on June 29, 2012 by Admin

              Be inspired by Hein Wagner, a blind cyclist and motivational speaker who has made some phenomenal accomplishments. Click here to find out more about this remarkable athlete, or RSVP by emailing janette.griesel@valdevie.co.za


            52. Polo tea charm

              Posted on June 28, 2012 by Simone de Wet

              It's time for high tea, polo-style! Dress up in an elegant frock, fill your vases with roses and gather your favourite group of friends. Be sure to add equestrian touches into the theme, such as invitations that use a polo motif, paper place settings with cut-out ponies or biscuits in the shape of horse shoes. Snack on cucumber sandwiches, macaroons and petit fours, while sipping Champagne or Earl Grey tea. So pretty, so chic, so much fun!

              By Simone de Wet, MD of Val de Vie Events


            53. A symphony of Spring flowers

              Posted on June 26, 2012 by Nadia Valentyn

              At the moment we're in the middle of a chilly Winter, but it's some reassurance that we can look forward to the freshness and beauty of Spring. Brides who are tying the knot in Spring should start planning their flowers now, and there is such a dazzling array to choose from. You are spoilt for choice with classic favourites such as roses, crysanthenums, carnations and irises, or more modern options such as proteas and orchids.

              Here is a a list of other gorgeous flowers that are available in Spring:

              • Daffodils
              • Gerberas
              • Gladiolus
              • Lace Flower
              • Delphiniums
              • Tulips
              • Veronicas
              • Anemones
              • Freecias
              • Tuberoses
              • Snap Dragons
              • Larkspurs
              • Stocks
              • Sweetpeas
              • Ranunculus

              By Nadia Valentyn, Venue Manager & Wedding Planner


            54. Wishing a happy anniversary to Sue and JP Duminy

              Posted on June 25, 2012 by Admin

              We wish JP and Sue a very happy anniversary today! It was our absoloute pleasure to oversee the Full Coordination of their special day last year, and we wish them all the happiness for the future.


            55. Bravo! showcases the Val de Vie 5 Nations Polo

              Posted on June 25, 2012 by Admin

              We are thrilled that Bravo! recently featured the Val de Vie 5 Nations Polo. Be sure to watch this wonderful video that captures the spirit of this chic event.


            56. Love rewards the brave

              Posted on June 25, 2012 by Simone de Wet

              Soft, dusky tones and romantic details complete the look of this beautiful moodboard.

              By Simone de Wet, MD of Val de Vie Events

              Images sourced from Pinterest.


            57. Jetsetter chic

              Posted on June 25, 2012 by Nadia Valentyn

              Here's a great wedding theme for jetsetters! Celebrate the spirit of journey and adventure with a quirky travel theme. There are so many ways to have fun with this look; use maps, globes, childhood books and vintage suitcases in your decor, and have a polaroid photobooth for your guests. Travel name tags are perfect for place settings, while your invitations can take the form of passports complete with wax seals and stamps.
              Bon voyage!

              By Nadia Valentyn, Venue Manager & Wedding Planner


            58. It's the dream team!

              Posted on June 25, 2012 by Admin

              We are so excited to introduce our new team page! It features stunning new photos of our team, taken by Jean-Pierre Uys. Our flawless make-up was courtesy of Candice Leigh.

              Be sure to visit the page to find out about all the talented ladies behind Val de Vie Events.


            59. Pure Bride

              Posted on June 22, 2012 by Simone de Wet

              Life, laughter but most of all, LOVE.

              Simone de Wet, MD Val de Vie Events & Full Coordination, created this beautiful blog post that has a true sense of romance and nostalgia. The inspiration behind this post comes from a good friend of hers. As she pust it, "it's inspired by my great friend and her love for the one and only love of her life.” Here's to honouring life, laughter and love!


            60. Friday wisdom

              Posted on June 22, 2012 by Iza de Lange

              By Iza de Lange, Marketing Manager and Event Coordinator


            61. Val de Vie Wines at the Franschhoek Bastille Day Festival

              Posted on June 20, 2012 by Admin

              The Bastille Day Festival is taking place in Franschhoek on the 13 and 15 July, and we can't wait! Val de Vie Wines will be taking part in this popular event, which celebrates the region's centuries-old French Huguenot heritage.

              Expect a feast of delectable food, the finest wines and a host of other attractions, including craft stalls, children's activities, live music and the famous Barrel Rolling and Boules Competition.

              BOOKINGS: Tickets can be purchased through www.webtickets.co.za, but hurry as tickets are limited. Once the marquee is full no further patrons will be admitted.

              For more details, click here.


            62. Express yourself with vinyl lettering

              Posted on June 20, 2012 by Nadia Valentyn

              Earlier this week we took a look at how vinyl wall art can add some flair to your home's decor. There are so many more ways to to get creative with this modern medium, especially if you have a way with words. Take your favourite quotes, lyrics or words and turn them into a visual statement. It's a great way to beautify a space and lift the mood with a positive message.

              By Nadia Ackermann, Venue Manager & Wedding Planner


            63. Celebrate being a woman with ELLE

              Posted on June 20, 2012 by Admin

              Join ELLE editor Jackie Burger on 18 August 2012 for a spirited and elegant event in the month dedicated to women: ELLE Loves Being A Woman. This luxurious event is an all-day affair that will be held at Val de Vie Estate. It is the perfect opportunity to spoil a mom or daughter, or to share with sisters and friends.

              What Can You Expect?
              A salon fashion show featuring the trends for summer 2012/13 from Mango, Forever New, Nine West, Christopher Strong, Klûk CGDT, TWO and others
              A goodie bag worth R1 000
              Pop-up stores including a make-up touch-up area and a nail bar
              A three-course lunch, to end a perfect celebration

              Book Now
              Tickets cost R450 pp
              Go to elle.co.za and follow instructions to reserve your seat and make an electronic payment.
              NB: Bookings close on 8 August. Registration starts at 10am and the event will conclude at 4pm on both days.

              Download the full details


            64. Val de Vie in The Wedding Album

              Posted on June 20, 2012 by Admin

              Val de Vie is proud to have a beautiful new advertisement in the latest issue of the Wedding Album. This must-read publication is the ultimate source for all the latest bridal trends and innovations.

              The advert features an elegant photoshoot that we recently held at the estate. We love how it all came together so beautifully and are so excited to be featured in the Wedding Album for the third year running.

              Photography: Jean-Pierre Uys, Make up: Helga, Design: Alwijn from Coord
              Wedding dresses: Kobus Dippenaar, Menswear: Hilton Weiner

              By Iza de Lange, Event Coordinator & Marketing Manager



            65. It's pamper time with Pure Bliss

              Posted on June 19, 2012 by Admin

              Val de Vie Events is delighted to present a fabulous pampering experience way for brides-to-be. Pure Bliss is a mobile spa that offers massages and beauty treatments in the comfort of your own own. From Swedish massages to beautiful manicures, it's a convenient way to get ready for the big day with no fuss at all.

              Call 021 863 0628 for more details.


            66. Vinyl va-va-voom

              Posted on June 19, 2012 by Iza de Lange

              At Val de Vie Events we're crazy about vinyl wall art. It's such an easy way to jazz up an interior and create something that looks both unique and eye-catching. Vinyl shapes are also fun to include in your wedding decor, whether you create monogrammed motifs or chic floral patterns.

              We're busy decorating our offices with some stunning vinyl decorations, watch this space!

              By Iza de Lange, Marketing Manager and Event Coordinator


            67. Mouth-watering Monday recipes

              Posted on June 18, 2012 by Elsje Oosthuizen

              Elsjé Oosthuizen, a talented Event & Wedding Coordinator from the Val de Vie Coordination Team, has a real flair for cooking. This week she's got some scrumptious recipes that offer perfect way to cheer up your Monday dinner. Yum!

              Avocado & Egg Pita Breads


              Here's what you'll need:
              1. Greek or pocket-less pita, or any kind of flat bread
              2. Lemon
              3. Ripe avocado
              4. Organic egg
              5. Sea salt, pepper, chili flakes, cumin, cumin seed, extra virgin olive oil

              Here's what you do:

              Toast pita until crisp, mash avocado and spread on pita, drizzle with a dash of lemon, olive oil and spices, place egg cooked to your liking on top and serve.

              Best as healthy breakfast, afternoon snack or Meat-Free Monday night dinner! Add prosciutto or a sprinkling of feta over the top for a richer snack.

              Roasted Strawberry & Brie Sandwich

              6 strawberries, quartered
              1/2 teaspoon canola oil
              pinch of salt
              2 tablespoons butter
              4 thick-cut slices of multigrain bread
              2-3 ounces of brie cheese, sliced
              1-2 ounces high-quality chocolate

              Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Toss strawberries with oil and salt, then spread on a baking sheet and roast for 20 minutes.
              Heat a large skillet or grilled over medium-low heat. Butter the sides of two slices of bread, place them on the skillet buttered-side down, then layer on a few slices of cheese, chocolate and strawberries. Top with a few more slices of cheese, then butter one side of the other bread slices, and place on top of the cheese. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until the cheese has started to melt, then gently flip the sandwich and cook until golden. Serve immediately!


            68. Olga & Hanjo's winter wedding

              Posted on June 15, 2012 by Admin

              We are so excited to be planning the wedding of Olga and Hanjo on 30 June 2012, which promises to be a lavish winter celebration. It'll be an event that captures pure winter elegance, with chic shades of silver and white, complemented by hints of color. The bride's dream for her wedding is certainly unconventional - she hopes to have a wet winter wedding in a glass marquee tent! Our team is so inspired to help realise her dream day and we know it's going to be exceptional.

              The start up for this wedding begins 21 June 2012. We'll be setting up a spectacular glass marquee tent on our lush polo fields. The decor will take a full week to perfect, helping us to be sure that the flowers and elegant details are absolutely perfect. MD Sımone de Wet has confırmed that Elsje Oosthuizen and six wedding coordinators from Val de Vıe Full Coordination wıll be looking after every last detail to ensure that everlasting memorıes are created for this amazıng couple and their 580 guests.





            69. The power of positive thinking

              Posted on June 15, 2012 by Admin


            70. Friday inspiration

              Posted on June 15, 2012 by Admin


            71. Chic City Cakes

              Posted on June 15, 2012 by Simone de Wet

              Some of the most beautiful wedding cakes are from Charm City Cakes, a US cake maker that creates real culinary masterpieces. The cakes are almost sculptural in their appearance, with crisp, clean lines and detailing that is executed with the utmost precision. They capture the trend for minimalist, origami-inspired cakes that have a very modern, fuss-free appearance. To view more incedible cakes, visit Design Sponge.

              By Simone de Wet, MD of Val de Vie Events


            72. Happy Father's Day

              Posted on June 15, 2012 by Admin

              We wish all dads a very happy Father's Day this Sunday! Remember to spoil your dad with something nice, such as tasty snacks to enjoy during the rugby, a smart travel toiletries bag or cologne.

              Perhaps the best way to celebrate is at our Father's Day Braai, hosted by the Polo Club Restaurant. Expect hearty, delicious food in a relaxed country atmosphere.

              We also have a fantastic Father's Day wine special that includes a bottle of Ryk Neethling Wine and Polo Club Craftsman for only R170.00.

              By Simone de Wet, MD of Val de Vie Events


            73. Candice Leigh's Winter Make-up Specials

              Posted on June 14, 2012 by Admin

              Talented make-up artist Candice Leigh is oferring some fantastic specials this winter. It's the perfect chance to beat the winter blues and treat yourself to some TLC. With her expert advice, you'll be able to find out which styles make you look and feel fabulous. Don't miss out!

              Get your man to spoil you rotten
              Hair and Make-up for you on your “date” night: R 250.00
              This is done at her studio.

              Girls' pamper night: Everyday make-up, and other fabulous make-up tricks
              Make-up lessons for 5 ladies in the comfort of your own home: R 1000.00
              This is a full three-hour experience full of fun and laughter, covering day & evening make–up application, making the most out of your current make-up, advice on what to buy next and fabulous tricks of the trade.

              Before & after, one-on-one make-up lesson:
              Two hour make-up lesson for you and a friend at my studio: R 600.00
              Get to know what works for you, selecting colours, application process, brush choice and the trick of the trade. This short course will give you the confidence you deserve.

              Candice Leigh: +27 834418755   Fax: 086 532 5184   e-mail: info@candiceleigh.co.za website: www.candiceleigh.co.za


            74. Pretty Inspired Wedding Session at Val de Vie Estate

              Posted on June 14, 2012 by Admin

              The Pretty Blog is hosting an inspirational wedding session at Val de Vie Estate on Saturday 23 June. This full day event starts at 8:30 and offers brides-to-be with practical and creative ideas in a relaxed setting. Expect talks from planning experts, make-up artists, stylists and photographers, each helping you to plan your big day in stress-free style. Visit The Pretty Blog to find out more details, or click on the image below.


            75. Father's Day Wine Special

              Posted on June 13, 2012 by Admin


            76. Duane and Ezel's engagement shoot

              Posted on June 13, 2012 by Admin

              Val de Vie Events is delighted to be hosting the wedding of Duane and Ezel, a wonderful young couple who will be celebrating their big day at the estate. The talented Elsjé from Val de Vie Full Coordination is coordinating the romantic affair, which is going to be held in December. Duane, a rugby player, and Ezel, a dancer, are looking forward to a simple but elegant occasion that reflects their love for each other.

              We’ll be sure to keep you posted with more details on the wedding in the next few months. Planning will get into full swing as Elsjé and the couple meet with the industry’s top service providers, finalising all the details and perfecting each element.

              Wedding photographer Charl from Agape Studio joined the couple for their second engagement shoot at Muizenberg beach. Quirky, fun and heartfelt, we love the romance captured in these images.

              To see the full shoot, click here.







            77. Spanish Night at Val de Vie

              Posted on June 13, 2012 by Admin


            78. Val de Homes win Gold in SALI Awards of Excellence

              Posted on June 12, 2012 by Admin

              We are very proud that two Val de Vie homes won Gold Medals in the SALI (South African Landscape Institute) Awards of Excellence. Designed by Prohort Master Landscapers, the gardens meet the high standards of workmanship, plants and materials set by the competition.

              The South African Landscapers Institute (SALI) was formed in 1984 by a group of progressive landscapers who saw the potential of the landscape industry in South Africa. They believed that the true potential could only be realised if landscape contractors showed unity, produced excellent work and projected a professional image.






            79. Winter wine and food

              Posted on June 11, 2012 by Admin

              Winter has descended on the winelands and it's the perfect time to enjoy generous meals and fine wines. Our winemaker, Harold Versfeld, presents you with a mouthwatering recipe for Springbok Shank paired with the Val de Vie Shiraz 2008. Bon appetit!

              "As the days get shorter, the nights get longer and frost appears on the grass when leave your house in the morning, one thing is clear: it is definitely not summer anymore. Which is perfect! I love summer, but winter is equally enjoyable. After all, it is the intimate season. And with that I refer to staying indoors, lighting up the fire place, snuggling on the couch and enjoying pancakes, hearty food, and of course, red wine.

              From a wine perspective, winter is really important for the vines because they go into hibernation. This allows them to accumulate vital reserves and minerals for the growing season. It also fills up our underwater supplies, which is crucial to ripen our grapes in the hot summer months.

              One of the most enjoyable things in winter (apart from Super Rugby, Vodacom Cup Rugby, Currie Cup Rugby, Test Rugby and Tri-Nations Rugby) has to be hunting. And if you are a tree hugger, please don’t judge, stone or crucify me. I will send you the meat from an animal that committed suicide, so that you know it had an “organic” death.

              Game meat is always a culinary delight! From making “skilpadjies” in the field, to the biltong, chilli bites, droee wors and then of course, the odd shank and leg of venison. Because venison is significantly lower in fat compared to lamb or beef, I recommend cooking the meat in a moist cooking environment, or else it could dry out.

              Now, there are two different approaches to pairing food and wine. One involves contrasting rich dishes with wines that have an acidity that cuts through the heaviness, and vice versa. The other approach suggests that neither the wine nor the food should overpower each other; they should be equal in freshness and weight. Seeing as it is winter, my choice of wine is always going to be red. The recipe I chose is an old Karoo favourite and the wine that I paired it with suits the meal spectacularly well. Venison is not fatty, so not a lot of acid is needed. The cream that is added accentuates the texture of the wine perfectly.

              Val de Vie Shiraz 2008: this wine evolves in the glass, from initial mocha and chocolate flavours to big opulent red fruits, to a roasted, smoky, spicy and meaty profile. Textures are balanced between tannin and acid, with a smooth and elegant finish that lingers for long on the tongue."

              Recipe: Springbok Shank
              Ingredients:
              1.5kg Springbok shank, cut into 50 mm pieces (this is so that the marrow can cook out of the bone and add flavour to the meat)
              5-6 Shards of fatty bacon, chopped
              1 Spanish onion, chopped
              2 Garlic cloves, bruised
              Bouquet garni
              1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
              Zest of 1 lemon, grated
              350 ml good quality venison stock
              1 teaspoon Paprika, smoked
              250 ml Crème Fraiche
              Salt and Pepper to taste
              Fresh coriander leaves, roughly chopped
              Pomegranate Arils, fresh

              Method:
              Fry bacon in a thick base skillet, and remove when browned. Add shanks to the same skillet and sear, remove when done. Sauté onions and garlic until translucent. Add bacon and shanks back to onions, and also add lemon juice, zest, paprika, salt and pepper, venison stock, and bouquet garni. Cover skillet and cook in pre-heated oven at 160 0 C for 5-6 hours. The dish is cooked when the meat falls from the bone. Stir in crème fraiche. Cover with pomegranate arils and fresh coriander. Serve with brown rice, or fluffy mash.
              Tis the season to get fat, so go out, buy the ingredients, and start cooking. No food is better than slow food!

              Food and Wine: you decide – which is the soloist and which is the accompanist” – Michael Broadbent

              Photograph sourced from ZAphoto


            80. The beautiful music of Evelyn Hart

              Posted on June 11, 2012 by Admin

              We love the beautiful music of Evelyn Hart, a talented musician with a gentle, folk-inspired style. Her debut collection of music is called Forged by the Sea and includes the sounds of piano, orchestral elements and, of course, Evelyn's remarkable voice.

              For more details about her musics, check out these links:

              Facebook: www.facebook.com/evelynhartmusic
              Twitter: www.twitter.com/evelynhartmusic
              Website: www.evelynhartmusic.com


            81. Lemon pancakes with yoghurt and berries

              Posted on June 8, 2012 by Admin

              As Winter is creeps up on us, a cosy kitchen is the perfect place to be. This weekend try fluffy gluten-free lemon pancakes with yogurt and fresh blueberries. They're perfect for a warm winter family brunch for in front of the fire place.

              LEMON PANCAKES WITH YOGHURT + BERRIES
              1/3 cup almond meal
              1/3 quinoa flour
              1/3 cup oat flour (ground rolled oats)
              1 tsp baking powder
              1/2 tsp baking soda
              pinch of salt
              2 1/2 Tbsp. natural cane sugar
              2 eggs, seperated
              1 cup buttermilk, yogurt or milk (we used half yogurt and half milk)
              1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
              3 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
              zest of one lemon
              1 Tbsp. melted coconut oil, plus more for cooking

              Topping
              1 cup whole or lowfat yogurt
              1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
              2 tsp. honey
              Blueberries

              In a bowl, combine the dry ingredients and stir to mix.

              In another bowl, beat the egg yolks with the buttermilk/yogurt, vanilla, lemon juice and zest, and the oil. Add this wet mixture to the dry and stir to combine.

              In a stand mixer or with hand mixers, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Fold the egg whites into the batter.

              In a frying pan, heat a small pat of oil over medium heat. Pour a scant 1/4 cup batter in the pan and repeat with as many pancakes as you can without overcrowding. Cook until bubbles form, flip and cook another minute until golden. Repeat with remaining batter.

              Mix the yoghurt with lemon juice and honey. Serve the warm pancakes with a lemon yoghurt drizzle and fresh blueberries.


            82. Pastel perfection

              Posted on June 8, 2012 by Simone de Wet

              We are always so excited to be part of the design and planning process of ladies who celebrate their 21st birthdays at Val de Vie Estate.

              This moodboard is dedicated to a lovely lady called Helene. Her birthday breakfast will be held against a backdrop of icy white and beautiful pastel shades. This gorgeous look will bring a funky youthful edge to the elegant morning celebrations.

              Happy 21st Helene, we wish you blessings for many more DAZZLING years!

              By Simone


            83. Warm winter love

              Posted on June 8, 2012 by Varety Da Silva

              The chilly winter months might be filled with grey skies and rainy afternoons, but there's no reason for you not to spice things up! Make this winter a time to indulge in all that's bold and beautiful. Host a glamorous dinner party, buy an outrageous pair of heels or wear an extravagant shade of red. It's definitely the most fun and fabulous way to defy the winter blues.

              By Varety


            84. CitySlicker's Sensational Dining Special

              Posted on June 7, 2012 by Admin

              Be sure to visit CitySlicker to take advantage of their amazing dining special at Val de Vie's Polo Club Restaurant! For only R165.00 two diners can enjoy either Lamb Pie with Lime Vanilla Mash Potato and Minted Red Wine Jus; or Bone Marrow Crusted 300g Rump Steak on Potato Augratin, Béarnaise and Green Peppercorn Sauce. The offer also includes one glass of award-winning estate red wine per person. It's the perfect chance to enjoy our delectable food in a relaxed yet elegant setting, don't miss out!


            85. Lollos is coming to Val de Vie!

              Posted on June 7, 2012 by Admin

              Lollos is coming to Val de Vie again on 10 July! We can't wait for this fun-filled event that is loved by the little ones.

              Tickets cost R50.00 and can be bought by emailing events@valdevie.co.za. Children's lucky packets can alsoo be pre-booked for R20.00.


            86. Candy colours

              Posted on June 7, 2012 by Nadia Valentyn

              Add some colour and sugary sweetness to your wedding with a candy station. Indulge and be creative with this sweet sensation; choose your favourite colours and make an edible decor feature. The sweets can be served as part of dessert or as delicious gift favours for your guests.

              By Nadia, Venue Manager and Wedding Coordinator


            87. Know your style with AnnaH: The Minimalist

              Posted on June 7, 2012 by Admin

              This week AnnaH takes a look at another signature personal style, the minimalist. This simple but elegant is so sophisticated, here is what she has to say about it:

              "A typical ‘less is more’ approach. Your wedding exposes the core basics and character of key decor fundamentals through removing all unnecessary features or concepts. Straightforward designs and neutral colour palettes shape the foundation of this ‘persona’.

              The inspiration is to strip everything down to its essential quality and achieve simplicity. The design is not completely without ornamentation, but all parts and detail are reduced to a stage where no one can remove anything further to improve the look."

              A fantastic hour-long consultation with Anneke is including when booking Val de Vie as your wedding venue. View her full post on The Pretty Blog.






            88. Know your style with AnnaH: The Lady

              Posted on June 4, 2012 by Admin

              Wedding stylist AnnaH is showcasing various signature styles on The Pretty Blog that can brides help to define the right look for their wedding. This week she looked at "The Lady". As she puts it, “your wedding exposes the sheer romance of your ladylike personality. Celebrate your feminine side with ruffles, lace, pearls, bows, beautiful cutlery, crystal glasses and the finest linen. The idea is not to completely go overboard with detail, but to accentuate key visuals with complimenting embellishments and quality materials.”

              Click here to view the post at The Pretty Blog.






            89. Our polo season comes to an end

              Posted on June 1, 2012 by Admin

              As we head into Winter, we're already missing our four-footed polo horses in action. It's time to enjoy the off-season and get some rest! Ladies, stay inspired and start gathering ideas for a show-stopping outfit for the new season. It kicks off with a bang in October with the highly anticupated Pink Polo Event in aid of breast cancer. This is one polo event that cannot be missed!

              Moodboard by Nadia


            90. Daniela and Derek's wedding

              Posted on May 25, 2012 by Admin

              Daniela and Derek recently celebrated their wedding at Val de Vie, and we can't take our eyes off the stunning photos taken by Gavin Casey. With a red and white decor scheme, it was a truly stylish occasion that we are happy to have been a part of. View more photos on Gavin Casey's website.







            91. Introducing AnnaH Bridal Styling

              Posted on May 25, 2012 by Admin

              We are thrilled to announce a wonderful new offering from Val de Vie! Couples who book our wedding venue will now receive an AnnaH voucher from Val de Vie Events. This voucher includes an hour long consultation with Anneke, a talented wedding stylist and consultant. With her brilliant understanding of how to conceptualise an event, Anneke helps brides to incorporate their own style into their wedding's look and feel. She will also create a beautiful moodboard that captures the unique style of your wedding.

              Visit her website to find out more about her work.


            92. Keep it chic with Elle Canada's Trend Report

              Posted on May 24, 2012 by Admin

              Elle Cananda has released a fabulous trend report showcasing the top looks for Fall/Winter 2012. Here are some of the looks that we loved the most, visit their website to find more fashion inspiration.

              Lady

              How will I recognize the “lady” trend?
              It’s a sophisticated, bourgeois style reminiscent of ’50s Hollywood, especially the heroines in Hitchcock films: perfectly chic, with a top-to-toe polish that is, dare we say, done!

              What are the trend’s key pieces?
              Razor-thin pencil skirts, bow-tied blouses, past-the-knee day dresses, skirtsuits, tailored shifts and three-quarter-sleeve coats.

              Who can wear it?
              Professional gals who want a feminine, sleek style.

              How do I accessorize?
              Hats, gloves (the new essential), fur wraps, pearl necklaces, structured frame bags and tights (ultra-sheer or crochet).

              How can I make this look work for me?
              Downplay extravagant accessories, keep hair simple and go for naturallooking makeup to avoid looking like a Mad Men cast member.

              Who did it best?
              Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Lanvin, Donna Karan and Jean Paul Gaultier.

              Florals

              Isn’t this normally a spring trend?
              This is completely new! Florals used to be reserved for spring, but now it’s a festive garden party year-round.

              What types of flowers inspired designers?
              Style pollination had dandelions and sprigs of lily of the valley at Miu Miu, blossoming white roses at Lanvin and multicoloured wildflowers at Jil Sander, all set against a dark base creating a flourishing, graphic effect.

              When can I wear it?
              Rethink dressing: Adopt florals as an easy dose of daytime chic in early fall or save it for winter’s holiday celebrations.

              How do I wear it?
              The print is the focal point, so tread lightly with jewellery and finish with simple pumps or wedge booties.

              Who did it best?
              Lanvin, Paul Smith, Moschino, Giambattista Valli, Jil Sander, Sportmax and Miu Miu.

              Green

              What was the hottest colour on the fall runways?
              Green is, without a doubt, the season’s It shade.

              Which shade of green?
              Cult faves from the ’70s: olive, khaki, forest, pine and bottle. Plus, gemstone shades of turquoise and emerald, as seen at Gucci.

              What piece should I invest in?
              Everything from coats and suits to blouses and dresses. Style tip: Go from sage to sauvage with coloured fur accents.

              What about prints?
              Think Emilio Pucci’s fanciful baroque patterns or Dries Van Noten’s artful abstractions.

              Can I wear it from head to toe? Why not?
              Or mix it up with neutrals like grey and black. Feel daring? Go for gold, violet or taupe combinations.

              What about accessories?
              Bags, belts, shoes and boots in a deep, dark shade of green are top!

              Who did it best?
              Chanel, Emilio Pucci, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Fendi, Louis Vuitton and Marni.

              Text by Anthony Mitropoulos.


            93. Pretty in pink

              Posted on May 24, 2012 by Admin

              Winter is well on its way, and what better to brighten things up with a splash of pink? Feel inspired for the new season by adding touches of soft pink. It's a pretty, feminine look that will cheer up any rainy day!